Ward's no-hitter for Woodland highlights short-work night for local teams
Woodland’s Bailey Ward tossed a five-inning, no-hitter Monday night and Marco Haro went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and a home run as the Wildcats blanked visiting Coosa 10-0 in a non-region game at The Ballpark at Woodland. Ward needed only 77 pitches in his five innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out nine. Haro hit a solo home run in the third inning to give the Wildcats at 3-0 lead. Along with his second homer in two games, he also doubled, singled twice, scored three runs, and stole a base. Fisher Davis had two hits for Woodland with three RBIs. He also stole two bases. Koby Stansel (RBI) and Ward also had two hits apiece. Carter Heath drove in a pair of runs with a double. Peyton Posey added one hit and one RBI. Scotty Smith drove in a run with a bases loaded walk.
The loss evened the Eagles’ season record at 1-1-1. Woodland (2-0) travels to Coahulla Creek Tuesday for a 5 p.m. first pitch and travels to South Paulding Wednesday. The Wildcats will then face Cedartown Friday night in their first of three game over the weekend in the Toyo Tires Battle for Bartow Baseball Classic.
CARTERSVILLE 12, VILLA RICA 0
A trio of Cartersville pitchers combined for a five-inning, one-hitter Monday night at Villa Rica to blank the Wildcats, 12-0.
Canes’ starter Kolby Adams (3 IP, 0R, 1H, 2BB, 3K), J.P. Martin (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 3K), and Reece Thompson (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 2K) silenced the Wildcats’ bats and fanned a total of eight Villa Rica batters in the five-inning shutout. PHOTO: Canes celebrate at home plate around Josh Davis who smacked a third inning grand slam
Cartersville scored in each of their offensive frames, highlighted by a third inning grand slam off the bat of Josh Davis. Jordan Wilkie and Ian Inaba both had two hits. Preston Welchel had a hit, two RBIs, and a walk while scoring two runs. Mason Barnett, Brant Smith, Jackson Norris (double), Alan Thacker, Noah Davis, and Adams all contributed one hit apiece.
The win by Cartersville completes a two-game season sweep of Villa Rica (2-3).
The Canes (3-1) play at Sprayberry Wednesday at 5:55 p.m. before opening the Toyo Tires Battle for Bartow Baseball Classic Friday at LakePoint at 5 p.m. against Kennesaw Mountain.
CASS 10, SPRAYBERRY 0
Colonels’ starting pitcher Logan Nelson (photo) tossed a complete-game, two-hitter Monday night at home as Cass evened its season mark with a 10-0 victory over Sprayberry. With the victory, Cass earns a split in the home-and-home series with the Yellow Jackets. Sprayberry defeated Cass 7-4 one week ago. Nelson allowed a second inning single and a fifth inning double, but kept Sprayberry off the scoreboard. He walked two and struck out eight.
The Colonels scored seven times in the first inning to take command, then added a single run in the second inning and two more in the third.
Bryson Markley had two hits for Cass including a leadoff triple to start the game. He also walked twice to reach base in all four plate appearances. Clay Means (RBI), Matt Shook (RBI), Blaine Ingram (RBI), and Sam Melton had the other Colonels’ hits. Logan Nelson and Nic Wallin both drove runs with bases loaded walks as four Sprayberry pitchers combined to issue ten free passes in the contest.
The loss evened the Yellow Jackets’ record at 3-3. Cass (2-2) plays a home-and-home series with Sequoyah Tuesday and Thursday — both 5:55 p.m. starts. Tuesday’s game is at Cass with Thursday’s game in Hickory Flat. The Colonels will then open the three-game Toyo Tires Battle for Bartow Baseball Classic at LakePoint Friday at 5 p.m. against Pepperell.