Softball: Lady Canes blast Sandy Creek, Adairsville, Woodland and Cass all drop region games
Cartersville softball broke open a 5-2 game Tuesday night at Sandy Creek with an eight-run fifth inning on their way to a 13-2 road win in Region 5AAAA.
The Lady Canes led throughout after scoring three times in the top of the first inning. They scored two more runs in the top of the third for a 5-0 lead, but the home-standing Lady Patriots stayed within striking distance with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third.
Cartersville pounded out 13 hits in the contest, but also took advantage of five Sandy Creek errors.
Colbi Ballard (4 IP, 2ER, 4H, 1BB, 5K) collected the pitching win. AnnaKate McElhaney (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K) worked a scoreless frame in relief.
Paris Poston, Presley Edwards, and Ballard had three hits each for Cartersville. Edwards finished with four RBIs, Ballard three RBIs, and Poston drove in one run.
Lauren McElhaney had two hits and one RBI. Cio Seigler drove in a run with one hit and AnnaKate McElhaney had the other Lady Canes’ hit. Allie Jackson was credited with two RBIs.
Erica Bowers had a double and two RBIs for the Patriots. Lily Metsker suffered the pitching loss for Sandy Creek. She yielded six earned runs in 4 and 1/3 innings in the circle.
Sandy Creek slipped to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in Region 5AAAA with the loss.
Cartersville (2-3, 1-2) travels to Chapel Hill Thursday at 5:55 pm and will play Friday and Saturday in the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash.
KELL 8, WOODLAND 6
Woodland softball led 6-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth Tuesday night at Kell when the host Longhorns rallied for six runs and an eventual 8-6 defeat of the Lady Cats.
Kell struck for four singles, a pair of doubles, and took advantage of an error in their come-from-behind inning.
Woodland took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth with four hits, three walks, and one hit batter. Jordan Duck had a two-RBI double, M Bailey added an RBI single, Madgie Robinson forced in a run with a bases loaded walk, and Bella Carnes contributed an RBI hit.
Carnes, who had a three-hit game, singled home another run in the top of the sixth to give the Lady Cats a 6-2 lead.
Caroline Higdon, Morgan Bailey, and Audrey Morris had base hits for Woodland.
Kaylie Casey had two hits for Kell. Six other Lady Longhorns had one hit each.
Sarah Baynard (6 IP, 8R, 2ER, 8H, 0BB, 2K) pitched a complete game for Woodland, but suffered the loss.
The Lady Cats (0-3 overall, 0-3 Region 7AAAAA) host Hiram Thursday in another region game and will help host the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash Friday and Saturday with games against Armuchee, Sprayberry, Campbell, and Sequoyah.
BREMEN 8, ADAIRSVILLE 7
Adairsville softball lost a back-and-forth battle at Bremen Tuesday evening 8-7.
Bremen led 3-0 after one inning, but the Lady Tigers scored seven runs over the next three frames to hold a 7-4 lead.
The host Blue Devils bounced back by posting four runs in the sixth and held on for their one-run Region 6AAA victory.
Shelby Daniel and Caitlin Smith combined for four hits and four RBIs to lead Bremen’s offense. Five other Blue Devils had one hit each.
Loren Harris (6 IP, 8R, 4ER, 9H, 1BB ) was tagged with the complete game pitching loss.
On offense, Harris (RBI), Alexa Varner (2 RBI), Havyn Isaac (RBI), and Sierra Tanner (RBI) each had two hits. Natalie Burrow (RBI), Sadye Johnson and Emily Collum added one hit apiece.
“We played really solid softball for six and one-half innings tonight,” said a disappointed Adairsville head coach Amanda Nelson. “We worked together to generate runs and capitalized on extra bases. In the bottom of the sixth, however, we committed four errors that allowed Bremen to score four times off only one hit. We’ll get back to work tomorrow to get better.”
Bremen improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 6AAA with their win.
Adairsville (4-3, 2-2) is scheduled to host Coahulla Creek in another region tilt Thursday.
HIRAM 5, CASS 2
The Cass softball team lost 5-2 at Hiram Tuesday evening in a Region 7-AAAAA game.
The Lady Hornets scored twice in the first inning, added two more runs in the third inning, and added an insurance run in the sixth for their win.
Cass did not manage a hit in the loss. The Lady Colonels did, however, score single runs in the third and fifth innings to narrow the margin to 4-2.
Alexia Najarro was hit by a pitch to open the Lady Colonels’ third inning. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Moore and made it to third on a passed ball. Taylor Gibson then drove Najarro home with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning Sarah Fox walked, reached third on an infield error and scored on a Moore groundout.
Gibson (6 IP, 5ER, 8H, 4BB, 5K) was tagged with the pitching loss.
Hiram improved to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in Region 7AAAAA.
Cass (0-4, 0-2) plays at Villa Rica Thursday and will participate in the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash Friday and Saturday. The Lady Colonels will host a pair of games Friday at Georgia Highlands’ Field at Stars Pre-K and will play Saturday at Kennesaw Mountain.