Canes win Rawlings Tourney at LakePoint
Cartersville defeated Centennial 5-0 Saturday afternoon at LakePoint with a five-pitcher, combined one-hitter to go 4-0 in the Perfect Game Rawlings Select Classic #3 and the Hurricanes were named champions of the event.
With both Cartersville and Sandy Creek playing in Region 5AAAA, the two teams opted to not face one another in a non-region bracket championship game for the Rawlings event.
Cartersville finished as the only undefeated team in the tournament when Sandy Creek lost to Johns Creek Saturday in their final game of the event.
In addition to Saturday’s win, Cartersville defeated Walnut Grove 10-2, Dunwoody 8-1, and Pepperell 10-0 to sweep their four games in the tournament.
Saturday afternoon, the Canes were led by strong mound performances with five pitchers combining to one-hit the Centennial Knights of Roswell.
Jacob Fowler (4 IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 4K) started on the bump and picked up the pitching win. Levi Ayers (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 3BB, 1K), Jake Gooch (1.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 4K), Curtis Wilkes (0.0 IP, 2BB), and Jake Norris (0.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB) also contributed to the combined one-hit, shutout.
Anthony Seigler doubled, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning to give the Canes a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Fowler singled with Seigler and Noah Daniel coming around to score to give Cartersville a 3-0 advantage after a Knights’ error on the play.
The Hurricanes then took advantage of three straight walks to start the fifth inning. Daniel’s lined a double into left field that put Cartersville ahead 5-0.
Daniel finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and scored a run. Seigler scored three runs on a double and two walks. Fowler finished with a hit and one RBI.
Devin Warner, limited to only a walk in the final game, was named tournament MVP for Cartersville after hitting .500 in the four games with a .733 on base percentage, a home run, six RBIs and five runs scored.
Centennial falls to 10-12 on the year with the loss.
Cartersville (19-6, 5-2 Region 5AAAA) returns to region action Tuesday at Richard Bell Field when they host Chapel Hill at 5:55pm. The Canes also have games at Cedartown Thursday and will host LaGrange Friday. Cartersville currently trails the Grangers by one game in the region standings with five region games remaining.