Canes, Tigers win region games
Cartersville baseball broke open a back-and-forth contest Tuesday night with a five-run seventh inning to remain undefeated in Region 5-AAAA at Chapel Hill, 11-6.
Chapel Hill led 3-1 after one inning and Cartersville took a 6-3 lead in the third. The Panthers tied the game with two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth inning prior to the Hurricanes final inning outburst.
The Canes hurt themselves by committing six errors in the game that helped lead to four unearned runs by Chapel Hill.
Mason Barnett had a big day at the plate for Cartersville. The junior finished 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and four RBI. Jordan Wilkie added two hits including a double and two RBI. Chandler Tromza tossed in a double and a sac fly for two RBI and Anthony Seigler drove in a run with a double.
Barnett (0.1 IP) was also the pitcher of record and picked up the victory by retiring the final out in the sixth inning on a groundout with the game tied 6-6. Seigler (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 3K) worked a scoreless seventh inning to close out the win.
In all, the Hurricanes used five pitchers. Levi Ayers (3 IP, 3R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 2K) started with Gage Morris (0.1 IP, 2ER, 3H, 0BB, 1K) and Cohen Wilbanks (2.1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 2K) working in relief.
Jamel Rookard, who had two hits in the game, suffered the pitching loss for Chapel Hill. Kareh Valentin added two hits for the Panthers (9-15, 1-8). Joseph Hernandez contributed one hit and two RBI.
Cartersville (20-6, 8-0) hosts Cedartown Thursday at 5:55 p.m. at Richard Bell Field and travels to LaGrange Friday for a 5:30 p.m. start.
ADAIRSVILLE 8, HARALSON COUNTY 1
The Adairsville Tigers rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night to take control late on their way to an 8-1 home win over Haralson County.
The Region 6-AAA victory evened the two-game season series with the visiting Rebels and the six-run sixth also gave the Tigers the tie-breaker advantage over Haralson County if the two teams are tied for a playoff berth or seed position at the end of the regular season.
Kyler Pelfrey, who now has four wins and a save in the Tigers last 11 games, came through big again on the mound. The senior tossed a complete-game, four-hitter and struck out nine.
Blade Wigley suffered the pitching loss for the Rebels although he kept Haralson County in the game until the fateful sixth inning.
Haralson County scored first in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead, but Adairsville answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. B.J. Roper and Corey Nation reached on a walk and a hit-by-pitch and later scored on an RBI single by Noah Dutton and a groundout to short by Pelfrey.
In the sixth inning rally, Adairsville sent eleven men to the plate.
Halen Huskins had an RBI double. Roper singled home a run. Nation had a hit and scored on Dutton’s two-RBI double and Caden Gibbs also had a two-RBI hit in the frame.
With the loss, Haralson County slipped to 13-10 overall and 8-5 in Region 6-AAA
Adairsville (16-7, 9-4) currently holds third place in the Region 6-AAA standings. The Tigers travel to Murray County Wednesday and play at Sonoraville Thursday. Both games are scheduled for 5:55 p.m. starts.