Lady Cats win at Kell, Lady Canes walk off with victory over Sandy Creek
LADY CATS TOP LONGHORNS
Woodland softball scored five runs in the top of the first Tuesday evening at Kell and made it hold up in a 5-4 Region 7-AAAAA victory.
Kell chipped away with two runs in the second inning and single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but came away one run short.
Even after narrowing the Woodland lead to 5-4 with one out in the final frame the Longhorns loaded the bases, but pitcher Lady Cats’ pitcher Sarah Baynard escaped the threat. She induced a ground ball force out at home and then finished off the Longhorns with a strikeout to end the game.
Baynard picked up the pitching victory with a complete-game. She scattered 11 hits in seven innings of work allowing four runs (three earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.
Savannah Markt led Kell with three hits. Gracie Glass, Brooke Kell, and Lexy McCullough added two hits each for the Longhorns.
Ansley Evans paced Woodland with three hits. Jordan Duck had two hits including a double and one RBI. Caroline Higdon also had two hits and one RBI. Bella Carnes contributed a pair of hits. Morgan Cooper finished with a hit and two RBI. Kendyl Hardin and Morgan Bailey added one hit apiece.
Kell slipped to 3-2 overall and 3-2 in region action.
Woodland (3-4, 2-2) hosts county rival Cass Thursday at 5:55 p.m.
CARTERSVILLE WALKS OFF WITH WIN OVER PATRIOTS
E Jenkins scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night as the Lady Canes picked up a Region 5-AAAA walk-off victory over visiting Sandy Creek.
Jenkins actually stuck out to start the inning, but reached first when the catcher couldn’t handle strike three. She was sacrificed to second base by Mattie Johnson who actually ended up on first due to a Sandy Creek miscue. Jenkins stole third to set up the game-winning run.
Cartersville battled from behind just to get the game into extra innings.
Sandy Creek scored three runs in the top of the first and added another run in the third inning.
The Lady Canes chipped away to tie with a run in the first, two in the second, and one more run in the third inning to knot the score at 4-4.
From there, both pitchers and the defenses kept the game at 4-all into the extra frame.
Kaliyah Smith (7+ IP, 4R, 2ER, 6H, 5BB, 6K) suffered the loss for Sandy Creek with a complete-game effort.
Cartersville’s Colbi Ballard (8 IP, 1ER, 5H, 4BB, 12K) earned the pitching win in relief of AnnaKate McElhaney (3R, 2ER, 3H, 1BB).
Makenzie Gay paced the Lady Pats offense with three doubles and two RBI.
Six different Cartersville players had one hit each.
Presley Edwards doubled. Jenkins (RBI), Lauren McElhaney, Ballard (RBI), AnnaKate McElhaney, and Cio Seigler (RBI) added one hit each. Brooklyn Pittman contributed one RBI.
With their loss, Sandy Creek falls to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in region play.
Cartersville (5-2, 3-2) hosts Chapel Hill Thursday at 5:45 p.m. and will play in the Buccaneer Bash at Hamilton Crossing Park Friday against Pickens before playing two more games in the tournament Saturday at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
LADY TIGERS SUFFER ROAD REGION LOSS
Adairsville softball battled in a 2-2 tie into the final inning Tuesday night at region opponent Haralson County, but lost a tough decision, 3-2.
The Lady Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but Adairsville tied the game 2-2 in the fourth.
Ellie Maria had four hits for Haralson County with two RBI, including a game-winning, walk-off double in the final inning. Emily Lightfoot drove in the other Rebels’ run.
Victoria O’Neal had two hits, including a home run and two RBI to pace the Tigers’ offense. Havyn Isaac, Alexa Varner, Sierra Tanner, and Cortni Jacobs had the other Adairsville base hits.
Taylor Rhoades (2 IP, 2ER, 5H) started in the pitching circle for the Tigers. O’Neal (4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 3K) suffered the loss in relief.
Haralson County improved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Region 6AAA.
Adairsville (2-9, 1-5) hosts Murray County in another region game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and will play in a tournament at North Cobb on Saturday.