Cartersville tops Collins Hill, but suffers first loss of year to Parkview
The Purple Hurricanes' baseball team took on a pair of tough, Class 7A opponents Saturday at Parkview High School and came away with a solid win over Collins Hill before losing for the first time this season to host Parkview, 7-3.
The Class AAAA Canes, in their 4-0 start prior to Saturday's twin bill, had already knocked off the No. 1 team in Class AAAAAAA, Walton. On Saturday, they faced the 5th-ranked team in Class AAAAAAA Collins Hill and the 3rd-ranked team in Class AAAAAAA, Parkview.
CARTERSVILLE 4, COLLINS HILL 1
The Canes won their fifth straight game to open the 2017 season Saturday afternoon over Class 7A Collins Hill in a game played at Parkview High School.
Anthony Seigler homered in the bottom of the first to give Cartersville an early lead, but Collins Hill tied the game with a run in the top of the third.
The Canes scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Spencer Dickey tripled to centerfield and Preston Welchel drove him home with an RBI double. Devin Warner then doubled to right field to score Welchel.
Cartersville added a run in the sixth inning when Welchel reached on an error and Anthony Seigler doubled him home with a liner into centerfield.
Dickey finished 2-for-2 and scored a run. Welchel was 2-for-3, scored twice and drove home a run. Noah Daniel was 2-for-3 and Seigler was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, and two RBIs. Devin Warner had the other Canes’ hit and had one RBI.
Mason Barnett (2.1 IP, 1ER 3H, 2BB, 2K) started the game on the mound. Levi Ayers (1.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 0BB, 1K), Dickey (2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 1K), and Seigler (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K) also pitched. Seigler closed out the seventh for a save.
The loss dropped Collins Hill to 3-3 on the year.
PARKVIEW 7, CARTERSVILLE 3
The Hurricanes lost for the first time this season Saturday night at Parkview, 7-3.
The Panthers, who also beat Collins Hill earlier in the day 16-1 in five innings, remained unbeaten through three games.
Parkview took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held that advantage until the top of the fifth when the Canes scored two runs to tie. The Panthers then responded with a four-run fifth and added another run in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead.
Cartersville managed a run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.
Georgia Southern commit, Braden Hays, scattered three hits and a walk with six strikeouts to earn the pitching victory for the Panthers. Although he gave up two runs, they were both unearned. Mason Bernard (2 IP, 1ER, 1H, 0BB, 3K) closed out the final two innings on the bump for Parkview.
Anthony Seigler (3.1 IP, 2ER, 3H, 1BB, 7K) started for Cartersville and was one of five pitchers used in the game by the Canes.
Jake Norris (1.1 IP, 4R, 1ER, 4H, 0BB, 2K), who entered for Seigler in the fourth inning, was tagged with the loss. Ian Inaba (1BB), Jake Gooch (0.1 IP, 1BB), and Harrison Osborn (1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 2K) also saw time on the mound for the Canes.
Logan Cerny, a Troy University commit, had a homerun and two RBI in a 2-for-3 performance that included a walk for Parkview. Robert Bennett also had two hits and one RBI for the Panthers.
Seigler was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Canes’ offense. J.P. Martin hit a homerun in the top of the seventh and Brant Smith had the only other Cartersville hit.
Cartersville (5-1) plays at Lambert Tuesday and will host Buford on Friday.