Canes win at Chapel Hill
A trio of Cartersville pitchers combined for a two-hitter and nine strikeouts Thursday evening as the Hurricanes won at Chapel Hill, 12-0. Logan Martin (3 IP, 0R, 1H, 2BB, 5K, photo) started and improved to 6-0 on the year with a scoreless performance for three innings. J.P. Martin (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 1K) and Reece Thompson (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 3K) pitched in relief to complete the shutout of the Panthers. Nine different Canes’ had one hit apiece. Jackson Norris and Peyton Willoughby both contributed doubles and finished with two RBI each. Chandler Tromza had a hit and a sacrifice fly to finish with a pair of RBI.
Hank Smith (RBI), Noah Davis (RBI), Davis Williams (RBI), Thomas Murphy, and Hunter Payne had the other Cartersville base hits. Alan Thacker added one RBI with a sac fly.
Chapel Hill finishes its season with a 6-16-1 record and was 2-10 in Region 5-AAAA. Third-ranked Cartersville (24-4, 11-1) had already secured the region championship and will host River Ridge Saturday at Richard Bell Field at 1 p.m. prior to hosting the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs beginning next Wednesday. With Thursday's win, the Hurricanes also tied the school record for regular season wins and will now have a shot at breaking that record Saturday.
The Canes’ state playoffs opening round opponent will be the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AAAA. That region still has games to play Friday. Cartersville’s opponent will be either Oconee County or St. Pius pending Friday’s outcomes.
ADAIRSVILLE 8, MURRAY COUNTY 7 (8 innings)
The Adairsville Tigers closed out the 2019 baseball season with an 8-7 come-from-behind, home region win Thursday over Muray County in eight innings.
Adairsville’s Chase Horn singled home Logan Hunt with two outs for the walk-off win.
The visiting Indians scored four runs in the top of the first inning and led 7-2 before the Tigers rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to ultimately send the game to extra innings. The Tigers’ Levi Blackwell (3 IP, 1ER, 1H, 2BB, 5K) picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Noah Nation (5 IP, 6R, 2ER, 4H, 3BB, 3K).
B.J. Roper had two hits including a triple and one RBI. Elijah Padgett also finished with two hits and drove in a run. Logan Hunt (triple, two RBI), Kyler Smith (RBI), Jacob Ray (RBI), Trace Still (double), Landon Ayers (double), and Wade Conduff had one hit each. Blackwell drove in a run with a sac fly.
Murray County finished the year 2-23.
Adairsville finished the season with a 6-15 record.
KELL 12, WOODLAND 0
Third-ranked Kell rolled up ten runs in the first two innings Thursday evening a cruised to a 12-0, five inning victory over visiting Woodland. Longhorns’ starting pitcher Noah Dawkins limited the Wildcats to only two hits and two walks in a complete-game effort. He struck out three.
Jay Inglis had a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Rylie O’Brien also had two hits including a solo home run in the fourth inning to help pace the Longhorns’ attack.
Dallas Adams had a first inning single for Woodland and Scotty Smith singled in the second. Bailey Ward (1.1 IP, 9ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K) was tagged with the pitching loss. Ben Ammons (2.2 IP, 3R, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 3K) finished the game on the mound for the Wildcats after entering in the second inning.
Kell improved to 21-6 overall and finished the Region 7-AAAAA slate with a 13-3 mark. Woodland wraps up the season with an 11-15 overall record. The Wildcats were 7-9 and fifth in the region.