Top-ranked Titans sweep Canes in opening round
Blessed Trinity starting pitchers Peyton Glavine and Patrick McNamara limited Cartersville to a single run and only eight hits in a doubleheader Friday night in Roswell to eliminate the Canes in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs.
Blessed Trinity won 4-1 and 9-0 in the two-game sweep.
Devin Warner hit a solo home run for Cartersville in the top of the first off Blessed Trinity starting pitcher Peyton Glavine, but the Titans’ senior scattered only four more Canes’ hits and struck out eight in a series opening 4-1 Blessed Trinity win Friday afternoon in Roswell.
Blessed Trinity went up 1-0 in the best-of-three series that continued with a second game Friday evening.
The Titans scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the third off Cartersville starter Anthony Seigler.
David Dunn hit the first of his two triples and scored to tie the game 1-1 on a fielder’s choice grounder to the pitcher. Colin Davis doubled into center field to advance Ryan Davis to third base. A wild pitch allowed a run to score and Colin Davis advanced to third base. After Jake Lundkovsky and Cole McNamee walked, Seigler was removed for reliever Mason Barnett. Barnett got the second out of the inning on a sacrifice fly out by Jake Smith for the Titans’ fourth run and got his next man on a groundout, but Blessed Trinity held a 4-1 advantage.
Glavine, son of MLB Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, handled the rest himself.
The Titans’ lefty tossed a complete-game in 107 pitches.
After Warner’s first inning homer, Glavine yielded just three singles to Seigler, Jake Gooch, and Jordan Wilkie plus a fourth inning double by J.P. Martin.
Anthony Seigler (2.1 IP, 4ER, 3H, 4BB, 1K) started on the mound for Cartersville and was saddled with the defeat. Mason Barnett (3.2 IP, 0R, 2H, 2BB, 1K) finished the game on the mound for the Hurricanes.
Dunn and Davis had two hits each for Blessed Trinity. Mitchell Weidner had the other Titans’ base hit.
Playing as the visiting team in Game 2, Blessed Trinity took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
David Dunn doubled and Ryan Davis walked in front of a Colin Davis two-RBI double. Davis later scored the Titans’ third run of the frame on a passed ball.
The Titans extended their lead to 4-0 the next inning. Cole McNamee and Jake Smith walked with the run scoring on an RBI single by Mitchell Weidner.
Blessed Trinity then put the game away with five more runs in the seventh.
The Titans coaxed three walks, took advantage of two Canes’ miscues, and had a single, a double, and a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Blessed Trinity starting pitcher Patrick McNamara went the distance. He scattered three hits and two walks over seven innings while fanning nine.
Seigler had a leadoff single in the bottom of the first for one of the Canes’ three hits.
Spencer Dickey doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and singled in the seventh, but was stranded at third both times.
Canes’ starting pitcher Jake Gooch (6 IP, 5R, 4ER, 3H, 5BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss. Mason Barnett (1 IP, 4R, 1ER, 2H, 2BB, 2K) pitched an inning of relief.
Top-ranked Blessed Trinity improves to 29-3 on the year and will host the Thomson-Columbus series winner May 4-5 in Roswell.
The Canes’ season comes to a close with a 22-10 mark.