Local youth teams eliminated at state Little League and GRPA tournaments
Little League state tournament baseball and GRPA state baseball tournament action was unkind to local teams late Tuesday and Wednesday with four local teams falling in elimination games.
Cartersville Little League 11U and Bartow County Senior Little League 16U teams were knocked out of their tournaments with losses, along with Bartow County’s 10U team and the Cartersville 12U team at their respective GRPA State Tournaments.
CARTERSVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE 11U FALLS TO SMYRNA
The Cartersville Little League baseball 11U all-stars lost to Smyrna Blue 11U Wednesday night 12-2 and were eliminated from the Georgia Little League 11U state tournament at Rudy York Field in Atco.
Smyrna took control early by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and Cartersville was never able to recover.
Cartersville managed two runs in the second inning, but would get no closer.
Cameron Cochran doubled home Maddox Frazier for Cartersville’s first run. Frazier had doubled to start the inning. Cochran moved to third base on a passed ball and scored when Andrew Lutjens reached on an infield error.
Cartersville managed only one more single by Brodie McWhorter in the fourth inning.
Cartersville finished 2-2 in the state tournament with wins over Athens and Warner Robins American. Their other loss was to Northern-Columbus.
CARTERSVILLE 12U FALLS AT GRPA STATE TOURNEY
The Cartersville Recreation Department’s 12U baseball team split a pair of games Wednesday at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association 12U State Tournament at E.B. Hamilton Complex in Tifton, but a loss in the second game knocked Cartersville out of the tournament.
Cartersville finished 1-2 in the double-elimination tournament with a losses to East Point and Savannah sandwiched around a win over Clayton County.
Cartersville 12U 22, Clayton County Braves 4
Cartersville 12U routed the Clayton County Braves Wednesday afternoon in a game that was halted in the top of the fourth inning.
Cartersville mounted a dozen hits, but also took advantage of 21 walks and a hit batsman to advance in the loser’s bracket of the tournament. The locals also ran wild on the base paths, collecting 27 stolen bases as a team.
Cartersville led 12-4 after three innings and had scored ten more runs in the top of the fourth when the game was halted with no outs in the frame. The locals improved to 1-1 in the event after a first round loss to East Point.
Cartersville pitcher, Charlie Crum (3 IP, 4ER, 2H, 6BB, 5K), collected the abbreviated, complete-game pitching victory and five Cartersville hitters had two-hit games.
Collin Genrich was 2-for-2 with two walks, three RBI, and scored three times. Davis Wilkey was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch. Wilkey added two RBI and two runs scored. Eli Jones finished 2-for-2 with three walks, two RBI, and scored twice. Drew Perry was 2-for-2 with two walks and Charlie Crum went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and one RBI.
Brett Goode added a double, a walk, a run, and three RBI in four plate appearances. Lee Camp finished 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs, and three RBI.
Adam Cornwell drew four walks and Trevor Harris reached three times on a base on balls. Both Cornwell and Harris crossed the plate three times.
Harris swiped five bases in the game, followed by Cornwell, Perry, Genrich, Camp and Jones with four each. Wilkey and Goode were also credited with a stolen base.
Game On Savannah Elite 13, Cartersville 12U 2
In an elimination game Wednesday afternoon at the GRPA 12U Major Baseball State Tournament, Cartersville fell to Game On Savannah Elite, 13-2.
Savannah took a 3-0 lead in the first inning before Cartersville narrowed the margin to 3-2 in the third inning. Savannah pulled away over the next two frames, however, with ten unanswered runs.
Game On Savannah Elite out hit Cartersville twelve to six and had the game’s only extra base hits with a pair of doubles and a solo home run.
Drew Perry led Cartersville with two hits. Eli Jones, Davis Wilkey, Brett Goode, and Collin Genrich had the other Cartersville base hits.
BARTOW COUNTY REC 10U BASEBALL ELIMINATED AT GRPA STATE TOURNAMENT
The Bartow County Recreation Department’s 10U baseball team won one of three games at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Tournament in Bainbridge and finished in 5th place. In game one, Bartow lost to Clayton County 10-0. Kaiden Coker recorded the only hit for Bartow. Drew Nida, Luke Hight, and Rush Faulk all pitched for Bartow. Game two went more favorably for Bartow, as they won 10-3 over Dublin-Laurens County. Graham Coheley had two hits to lead Bartow. Jaden Daise, Faulk, Hight, Landon Lamb, and Noah Jansen each recorded one hit each. Coheley also had two RBI's. Kaiden Coker got the win on the mound allowing no runs, no hits, no walks, and recording two strikeouts in his two innings. Noah Jansen pitched three innings in relief allowing three runs, three hits, with no walks or strikeouts. Bartow fell out of the tournament after their third game losing 8-4 to South Bryan County. Drazen Jones had the only hit in the game for Bartow. Hight and Lamb each had one RBI. Evan Hardin and Jones each pitched for Bartow. Hardin went two innings allowing eight runs on seven hits, with one walk, and two strikeouts. Jones, in his one inning allowed no runs on one hit with no walks, and one strikeout.
BARTOW SENIOR LITTLE LEAGUE OUT AT STATE TOURNEY
Bartow County Senior Little League (16U) baseball dropped a 6-5 decision Tuesday night at the Georgia Senior Little League State Tournament at Harris County High School and was eliminated.
Bartow Little League 16U finished the tournament with one win in three games. Their win was 11-9 over Oconee County Monday after an opening loss last Saturday to Martinez Evans.
Results for Bartow County Little League and Cartersville Little League provided by the respective leagues and Georgia Little League Baseball and Softball. Bartow County Recreation Department and Cartersville Recreation Department baseball and softball teams participating in Georgia Recreation and Parks Association are reported to Bartow Sports Zone by the respective recreation departments and presented on Bartow Sports Zone by Play It Again Sports at 410 Cherokee Place in Cartersville.