Cartersville, Woodland, Adairsville win region games Friday
Three of the four local baseball teams in action Friday night picked up region victories as Cartersville blanked Troup, Woodland doubled-up East Paulding, and Adairsville won a high-scoring affair at Murray County.
Cass was the lone local team to lose Friday, dropping a 10-4 home decision to Villa Rica.
CARTERSVILLE 5, TROUP COUNTY 0
Anthony Seigler hit two homeruns, the Canes produced six extra base hits, and pitchers Mason Barnett and Seigler shutout third-ranked Troup Friday night as Cartersville won on the road, 5-0.
The win was the fourth-straight — all region games — for the second-ranked Hurricanes.
Seigler homered in the first and fourth innings to provide three of the Canes’ first four runs while Barnett limited the Tigers to only four hits, no walks, and he fanned nine in six innings.
Seigler did not allow a hit in the seventh inning. He walked one and struck out one to close out the game.
In addition to Seigler’s productive night, Jordan Wilkie had two hits including a double. Preston Welchel had one RBI with a double and a sacrifice and Josh Davis had a double.
The loss drops Troup to 12-5 overall and 4-1 in Region 5-AAAA.
Cartersville (14-5, 4-0) meets Pepperell Saturday at 1 p.m. at State Mutual Stadium in Rome.
WOODLAND 8, EAST PAULDING 4
The Wildcats snapped a brief, two-game skid Friday night with an 8-4 Region 7-AAAAA victory at East Paulding. The Woodland win also split the two-game season series with the Raiders who won at Woodland Wednesday evening.
Woodland trailed 2-1 heading to the fourth inning, but posted seven runs over the next three frames on their way to an 8-2 lead. East Paulding scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but came up four runs short.
B Evans gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a sacrifice fly. Woodland then took advantage of two singles and a pair of errors to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
Woodland’s four-run fifth included hits by Toby Queen (bunt) and Bailey Ward plus a two-run double by Dylan Forman and a sacrifice fly from Koby Stansel. East Paulding also committed two more errors in the frame to extend the inning.
The Wildcats’ run in the sixth scored without benefit of a hit. Two errors, a walk, and a fielder’s choice plated the run.
In all, East Paulding committed eight errors in the contest.
Kenny Jinks picked up the pitching win for Woodland. He tossed a complete game scattering seven hits and a walk while allowing four earned runs. Jinks struck out four.
East Paulding falls to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (9-9, 2-2) has a two-game home-and-home region series with Rome on Monday and Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 5:55 p.m. starts and Monday’s game is at Rome.
ADAIRSVILLE 15, MURRAY COUNTY 12
At one point Friday night, Adairsville trailed Murray County 9-0 but came storming back for a 15-12 Region 6-AAA win.
Levi Blackwell (4 IP, 4ER, 6H, 2BB, 3K) earned the pitching victory for Adairsville with four quality innings of relief. Elijah Padgett (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 2K) earned a save by closing down the Indians in the seventh.
Garrett Mishoe led the Tigers’ offense with a 3-for-4 performance, including a pair of doubles and three RBI. Corey Nation (RBI), Noah Dutton, Kyler Pelfrey (double, 2 RBI), and Caden Gibbs (RBI) all finished with two hits each. B.J. Roper, Trace Still (RBI), and Hunter Hice had the other Tigers’ hits.
Murray County falls to 3-15 overall and 0-7 in region action.
Adairsville (12-5, 5-2) play three of the region’s top teams next week. They host 10th-ranked Bremen Tuesday and Calhoun Thursday before traveling to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe next Friday.
VILLA RICA 10, CASS 4
Villa Rica took an early 6-0 lead and held off Cass for a 10-4 Region 7-AAAAA win Friday at the Cass Athletic Complex.
A single and two doubles gave the visiting Wildcats a 2-0 lead in the second inning. They added four more runs in the third inning on three singles, an error, and a batter that reached on a dropped third strike.
Those runs would be enough for Villa Rica pitcher Jessie Martinez (7 IP, 4R, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 4K) who eased to the complete-game victory.
The two teams traded runs over the final two innings and that was good enough for Villa Rica’s win.
The Wildcats scored off a single, a walk, a groundout, and a wild pitch in the sixth. Villa Rica then added three runs in the top of the seventh with two singles, an error, two walks, and a hit batsmen for a 10-1 lead.
Clay Means drove in the Colonels’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. They added three runs in the seventh off only one hit. A hit batsman, a walk, a single, an error, and a fielder’s choice plated the final Cass runs.
Martinez, Tristen Allen, Noah Best, and Tanner Marshall combined for seven Villa Rica hits and five RBI.
Matt Shook finished with two hits for the Cass offense. Means and Logan Nelson had the only other Colonels’ hits.
Villa Rica improved to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in region play.
Cass (9-9, 3-3) hosts region-leading Carrollton Monday at 5:55 p.m. and travels to Carrollton Wednesday.