Local softball teams wrap up full weekend of action in Bucs Bash tourney
Cartersville softball dropped a pair of games Saturday in the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash at Boling Park in Canton. The Lady Canes fell to Cherokee and Jackson County in one-sided games.
In a 17-3 loss to Cherokee, the Lady Canes narrowed an early deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the first inning but could get no closer. Cherokee added runs in each of the next three frames including a seven-run fourth to close out the game.
Nine different Lady Warriors had hits led by Hope Jiles with three hits and four RBIs.
Cherokee pitcher Mackenzie Madica (4 IP, 3R, 2ER, 3H, 2BB, 1K) limited Cartersville to only three hits in earning the complete-game win in the circle.
Colbi Ballard (2.1 IP, 10R, 5ER, 7H, 3BB) was tagged with the pitching loss for Cartersville. AnnaKate McElhaney (1.2 IP, 7R, 3ER, 5H, 5BB) pitched in relief for the Lady Canes.
Hope Short (double), Paris Poston, and Presley Edwards (RBI) had Cartersville’s hits. Ballard was credited with one RBI.
Cherokee improved their season mark to 7-4.
In an 11-3 loss to Jackson County, Cartersville fell behind early and the Pathers broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning to take a 10-2 lead.
Caroline Davis went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead Jackson County. Pitching winner Sara Beth Allen, Kacie Holycross, and Meghan Sorrells combined for seven more hits and seven RBIs for the Panthers.
Ballard (3.2 IP, 9R, 6ER, 10H, 2BB, 1K) was the pitching loser for Cartersville. Lauren McElhaney (1.1 IP, 1ER, 3H) also pitched for the Lady Canes.
Poston and Ballard (RBI) had two hits each for Cartersville. Short and Cio Seigler had the other Lady Canes’ hits.
Jackson County improved to 8-5 with their win.
Cartersville (3-6, 2-2) has a non-region game Wednesday at Woodland at 5:30 pm and will face Cass Friday in the opening round of the Komatsu Bartow County Championship Tournament at Stars Complex at 7 pm. The third place and championship games of that event are Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm.
LADY COLONELS DROP FINAL THREE GAMES IN TOURNEY
The Cass softball team won its opener Friday in the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash, but lost its final three games Friday night and Saturday in the tournament.
The Lady Colonels had tournament losses to Sequoyah (9-7), Coffee (3-1), and Sonoraville (4-0) after defeating Campbell (11-3).
Sarah Fox was 5-for-10 in the tournament and homered against Sequoyah. She scored three runs and drove in four.
Alexia Najarro was 4-for-9 with four runs scored and one RBI.
Sarah Moore, Taylor Gibson (RBI), Haley Owens (RBI), and Mae Mae McIntyre (2 RBIs) each had three hits across the four tournament games. Moore homered against Sequoyah and had two RBIs.
Gibson (9R, 6ER, 20H, 4BB, 6K) worked 12.1 innings to take care of the bulk of the Lady Colonels’ pitching in the four games. She received all four pitching decisions. Haley Owens (4.2 IP, 8ER, 8H, 3BB, 1K) and Macenzie Dougharty (2 IP, 3ER, 5H, 1BB, 1K) also pitched for Cass.
Cass (1-7) has a busy week ahead. The Lady Colonels are scheduled to host Kell Monday at 5:55 pm and East Paulding Tuesday at 5:55 pm before traveling to Carrollton Thursday for a 7 pm start. All three of those games are Region 7AAAAA contests.
The Lady Colonels will then face Cartersville Friday night at 7 pm at the Stars Complex in the opening round of Komatsu Bartow County Championship Tournament. The third place and championship games of that event are Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm.
WOODLAND SPLITS SATURDAY’S GAMES IN TOURNEY
Woodland softball defeated Campbell 13-1 Saturday but lost a back-and-forth struggle with Sequoyah 10-6 at home as part of the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash.
The Lady Cats committed five costly errors against the Lady Chiefs that helped lead to six unearned runs in the loss.
Madi Bentley (5 IP, 7R, 2ER, 8H, 3BB, 1K) was the tough-luck pitching loser for Woodland although she allowed only a pair of earned runs. Jordan Duck (1 IP, 3R, 2ER, 4H) also pitched in the loss.
Morgan Bailey had a three-hit game that included a triple and two runs scored to lead the Lady Cats’ offense. Caroline Higdon and Duck had two hits and one RBI each. Bella Carnes, Ansley Evans (RBI), Brittany Cox, and Audrey Morris (RBI) added one hit each.
In the rout of Campbell, the Lady Cats out hit the visiting Lady Spartans ten to two and Woodland pitcher Sarah Baynard (5 IP, 1ER, 2H, 1BB, 2K) picked up a complete game win.
Campbell actually held an early 1-0 lead, but the Lady Cats scored nine runs in the third inning to take control.
Brittany Cox had three hits and one RBI for Woodland. Caroline Higdon (4 RBI), Ansley Evans (2 RBI), and Madgie Robinson had two hits apiece. Bella Carnes added one hit and one RBI. Audrey Morris was credited with two RBIs and Morgan Bailey drove in a run.
Woodland (4-4) plays five straight days starting Tuesday. The Lady Cats schedule for the week: Paulding County Tuesday at home at 5:55 pm; Cartersville at home Wednesday at 5:30 pm; at East Paulding Thursday at 5:55 pm; and vs. Adairsville Friday at 5 pm at the Stars Complex in the first round of the Komatsu Bartow County Championship Tournament. The third place game for that tournament is Saturday at 11 am and the championship game is scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday.