Lady Canes split playoff doubleheader; Adairsville eliminated at region tourney
Following a narrow, opening game 2-0 loss to Chapel Hill Monday night the Lady Canes stormed back to win Game 2 of their Region 5-AAAA best-of-three series 15-4.
The victory forces a rubber game Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. at the Cartersville Baseball Complex.
Cartersville pounded out eighteen hits including a two-run home run by Cio Siegler (photo) in the fourth inning that gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the night — and in the series — at 2-1. From there Cartersville added thirteen runs over the next two frames for a run-rule victory.
Canes pitcher McKinley Chada (6 IP, 4ER, 9H, 1BB, 2K) earned the complete-game win.
AnnaKate McElhaney (2 RBI) and Hope Short (RBI) led Cartersville with four hits each. Campbell Rogers (2 RBI), Elizabeth Nelson (RBI), and Lauren McElhaney contributed a pair of hits each. Kiley Arnold (2 RBI), Seigler (2-run HR), Chada (RBI), and Emery Jenkins (RBI) added one hit apiece.
CHAPEL HILL 2, CARTERSVILLE 0
Chapel Hill scored a single run in the third inning and an insurance run in the fifth inning for a 2-0 win over Cartersville in the opening game of their best-of-three Region 5-AAAA playoff series.
Panthers pitcher #28 tossed a complete game and scattered four Cartersville hits and two walks. She struck out two.
Cartersville pitcher Kiley Arnold suffered the pitching loss but managed to keep the Lady Canes close. AnnaKate McElhaney had two hits for the Hurricanes. Cio Seigler and Campbell Rogers (double) had the other Cartersville base hits.
The Game 3 winner Tuesday will advance to the Class AAAA state playoffs as either a No. 3-seed or a No. 4-seed. The winner will play the Cedartown/Troup series winner Thursday in a single game to decide seeding.
Cartersville is now 15-12 following Monday’s doubleheader split. Chapel Hill is 6-22.
LADY TIGERS BOW OUT OF REGION TOURNEY
The Lady Tigers rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth inning to tie Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at 2-2, but the Warriors pulled away in the bottom of the inning for a 6-2 Region 6-AAA tournament game win Monday at the Calhoun Recreation Department.
The loss eliminated Adairsville and ended the Lady Tigers 2019 campaign.
Alexa Varner paced the Adairsville offense with a pair of doubles. Sadye Johnson doubled with one RBI. Megan Gregory doubled and Alyssa Jarrett contributed the other Lady Tigers base hit.
Victoria O’Neal (6 IP, 6R, 2ER, 10H, 0BB, 5K) worked all six innings for the Tigers and suffered the loss despite allowing only two earned runs.
LFO improved to 15-11 and advanced to another elimination game.
The Lady Tigers finished the year with a 6-16 season record.