Saturday's softball roundup: Cass, Woodland, Cartersville in action
Three local teams were busy on the softball diamond Saturday as Cass and Woodland wrapped up competition at the Score International Tournament in Chattanooga and Cartersville hosted a Region 5-AAAA doubleheader with LaGrange.
CASS SPLITS TWO GAMES SATURDAY
Cass softball split a pair of games Saturday at the Score International Invitational Tournament in Chattanooga to finish 1-3 in the event.
Cass defeated St. Pius X 15-11, but lost to Calhoun 11-7.
The Lady Colonels pounded out 17 hits, scored in every inning, and led 13-3 at one point before holding on for a 15-11 win over St. Pius X.
Cass led 7-2 through two innings and built a 13-3 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Lions didn’t go away.
St. Pius scored four runs in each of their next two frames. Cass added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Alexis Woods finished with four hits and two RBI for Cass. Kelly Young had three hits. Rachael Lee contributed a pair of hits including a double, a sacrifice fly, and two RBI. Eryn Lee and Kimberly both also had two hits including a double and one RBI apiece. Ansley Hight (RBI), Kylee Hembree, Saydee Najarro, and Hailie Owens added one hit each. Madison Sheppard drove in one run.
Rachael Lee (3.2 IP, 7ER, 11H, 2K) was the starting and winning pitcher for Cass. Hembree (0.1 IP, 2BB) and Macenzie Dougharty (1 IP, 4R, 1ER, 4H, 1K) both pitched in relief.
Calhoun led Cass the entire way, but the two teams traded runs in almost every inning as the Yellow Jackets won 11-7. Calhoun led 5-2 after one inning and 8-5 after two frames. The Jackets then pushed their lead to 11-5 in the fourth and Cass answered with two runs of their own but could get no closer.
Malysha Winston, Sydney Terry, and Erin Barnes combined for six hits and five RBI for the Yellow Jackets. One of the Winston hits was a home run.
Macenzie Dougharty (5 IP, 11R, 5ER, 10H, 2BB) was the losing pitcher for the Colonels.
Ansley Hight led Cass with three hits including a double and two RBI. Saydee Najarro finished with two hits. Kylee Hembree contributed a hit and two RBI while Alexis Woods, Kelly Young, and Kimberly Allen added the other Colonel base hits.
Cass (10-11, 5-6 in Region 7-AAAAA) plays at Woodland Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. and will host Hiram Thursday.
WOODLAND DROPS TWO
The Lady Cats lost a pair of games Saturday at the Score International Invitational in Chattanooga.
Woodland lost 10-4 to Ringgold and 6-4 to Wesleyan. Ringgold led 5-3 through four innings and added four more runs over the next two innings for their victory. Woodland added a run in the seventh for the 10-4 final score. Tigers’ pitcher XXXXX Thomas scattered four hits and worked around seven walks to earn the win in the circle. She struck out two.
Bella Carnes had two hits for Woodland. Morgan Bailey and Kendyl Hardin added one hit each.
Cassie Jones (7 IP, 10R, 8ER, 13H, 3BB, 2K) took the pitching loss for the Lady Cats.
In the loss to Wesleyan, the Lady Cats fell behind 6-0 in the fifth inning before posting four runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings.
Allyssa Motes had two hits including a double and two RBI for the Wildcats. Kailey Baker also had two hits including a double and one RBI. Brianna Hill, Hannah Miller, Morgan Cooper, Ansley Evans, Bailey, and Carnes added the other base hits.
Hope Schultz (5 IP, 6R, 5ER, 9H, 1BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss for the Lady Cats in a start. Lainey Baker (2 IP, 0R, 1BB, 4K) pitched in relief.
Woodland (9-10, 6-4 Region 7-AAAAA) returns to region play Monday at Kell and will host Cass Tuesday. Both games are 5:55 p.m. starts.
LAGRANGE SWEEPS CANES
Visiting LaGrange took a pair of Region 5-AAAA games over Cartersville Saturday by identical 5-0 final scores.
Grangers pitcher Camden Smith was the story of the day for LaGrange. She tossed a pair of complete game shutouts allowing only two hits in the first game and five hits in the second game. Smith struck out eleven and did not walk a batter in either contest.
In the opener, LaGrange scored two runs in the first, two in the third, and another run in the sixth inning. In Game 2 playing as the home team, the Lady Grangers scored five times in the bottom of the first inning.
Campbell Rogers and Hope Short had the only Cartersville base hits in the first game.
McKinley Chada was saddled with the pitching loss for the Canes.
Chada had two hits for the Hurricanes in the second game. Rogers, Lauren McElhaney, and Mikey Lewis had the other Caretersville hits.
Ava Perkins (0.0 IP, 2ER, 0H, 1BB) started in the circle for Cartersville and was tagged with the loss without retiring a batter. Kiley Arnold (6 IP, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 3BB, 2K) pitched the rest of the way.
LaGrange improved to 17-8 overall and 7-3 in region play.
Cartersville (10-11, 5-6) returns to the diamond Tuesday at home to wrap up their Region 5-AAAA regular season slate against Chapel Hill.