Cartersville Junior Little League 14U took a 6-0 lead early and held on for a 9-5 victory over Northern Columbus Monday night in an elimination game at the Georgia Junior Little League state tournament in West Point.
The victory means Cartersville will be one of only four teams remaining in the six-team, double-elimination tournament when play begins Tuesday night.
Cartersville 14U led 6-0 after two innings, but Northern Columbus cut that advantage to 6-4 with a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings. Cartersville added a run in the bottom half of the fourth and two more in the sixth for the eventual four-run win.
Cartersville rapped out 16 hits in the win and survived despite committing five errors.
Four Cartersville pitchers kept Northern in check throughout the evening, scattering ten hits and six walks.
Geoffrey Gore (2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 2K) started on the mound for the locals. Colin Genrich (2 IP, 4R, 3ER, 9H, 2BB), Justin Peace (1.1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 1BB), and Ayden Ray (1.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 2K) worked in relief.
Gavin Shrewsbury (2 RBI), Gore (RBI), and Genrich amassed nine of Cartersville’s hits with three each. Grant Knight had a pair of hits and two RBI.
Colt Williams had a productive night that included a double, three walks, three stolen bases, and a pair of RBI. Luke Altizer finished with a hit and two RBI. Sawyer Wilson, Trenton Payne, and Ray rounded out the Cartersville attack with one hit apiece.
The win advances Cartersville 14U to another elimination game Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. against the Hobgood-West Point winner (played late Monday).
Elbert County, who defeated Cartersville Saturday in the first round, plays Athens Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Those two teams do not have a loss in the tournament which continues through Thursday night.
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