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Canes take over region lead; Colonels lose at East Paulding

Cartersville took over sole possession of first place in Region 5-AAAA Friday night with a 6-2 win at Sandy Creek. The win over the Patriots, coupled with a Troup loss to Cedartown, means the Canes now have a one-game lead in the region standings over the Tigers. Cartersville started fast with five runs in the top of the first and added a run in the fourth inning for a 6-0 advantage. Sandy Creek (6-21, 0-10) scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Canes’ starting pitcher, Logan Martin, improved to 6-0 with a ten strikeout performance. Gage Morris struck out the only batter he faced to finish up the sixth inning, and J.P. Martin fanned one in a scoreless seventh.

Cohen Wilbanks (photo) had a three hit game for the Hurricanes. Ian Inaba followed with a pair of hits and a walk. Preston Welchel drove in three runs with a double and a walk. Brant Smith and Mason Barnett had a double and one RBI each. Josh Davis also chipped in with a base hit. Cartersville (21-4, 8-1) host Cedartown Monday at 5:55 p.m. at Richard Bell Field.


East Paulding took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, added a single run in the fourth, and four more in the fifth in an 8-1 win over the visiting Colonels Friday night.

Cass scored its lone run in the fifth inning on a double steal play by Bryson Markley and Thomas Botts. Botts singled to start the inning and moved to third on Markley’s single.

East Paulding pitcher Jackson Phipps (6 IP, 1ER, 5H, 1BB, 10K) started on the mound and collected the win. Andrew Pendleton (1 IP, 0R, 1H) recorded the final three outs for the Raiders. Jayden Smith (4.1 IP, 8R, 6ER, 9H, 1BB, 5K) suffered the Colonels’ pitching loss. Blaine Ingram (1.2 IP, 0R, 1BB, 1K) entered in the fifth inning.

Botts (photo) was the only Cass player with two hits. Matt Shook, Sam Melton, Kyle Miller, and Markley had the other Colonels’ hits.

Cass (7-18, 3-10) hosts East Paulding (19-7, 11-2) Monday at 5:55 p.m.

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