Bartow County Junior Little League team reaches state finals with blowout win

Bartow County Junior Little League baseball pounded Athens Tuesday night 23-1 in five innings to advance to the state championship round of the state Junior Little League state tournament in Hartwell. Bartow, now 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament, will have Wednesday night off before playing Thursday night against the survivor of a Wednesday night Elbert County vs. Athens elimination game.

Bartow County Junior Little League (13-14 year olds) moved into the Georgia Junior Little League championship round with a 23-1 win Tuesday night over Athens. Bartow, 3-0, needs one more win in the double-elimination tournament to advance to the Southeast Regional in Virginia.

Elbert County defeated Hart County 13-8 Tuesday night following Bartow's win over Athens. That leaves Elbert County and Athens to square off in an elimination game Wednesday night with the survivor moving into the championship round against Bartow County on Thursday evening. Bartow claims the state title with a victory on Thursday night, but the Elbert County/Athens survivor will need to beat Bartow both Thursday and Friday nights to win the championship. The Thursday and potential Friday night games are scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hartwell.

In Tuesday’s win over Athens, Hudson Parr tossed a five inning complete game. He scattered five hits and three walks while striking out three. The lone Athens run scored in the third inning after the locals had built an 11-0 lead.

Bartow scored in each offensive frame including two runs in the first inning, five in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth, and 11 runs in the fifth inning.

Barrett Fuller and Elisha Moore paced the Bartow offense with three hits each. Dutch Hernandez, Landon Cassidy, and Parr followed with two hits each. Rylan Spivey, Harrison Cole, Isaac Burnett, Lyle Woody, and Zaylan Cochran added one hit apiece.

The Georgia champion will advance to the Southeast Regional Tournament in Broadway, Virginia August 4-9.

Remaining Georgia Junior Little League state tournament schedule:

Wed. July 20 — 6pm — Athens v. Elbert County (elimination game)

Thur. July 21 — 6pm — Championship Game -- Bartow v. Athens/Elbert winner

Fri. July 22 — 6pm — “if necessary game”


Little League and GRPA tournament results are provided to Bartow Sports Zone by Cartersville Little League and Bartow County Little League plus the Cartersville and Bartow County Parks and Recreation Departments. The game data is shared by the leagues via GameChanger reports from the respective teams and/or leagues. Results and capsules are sponsored on Bartow Sports Zone by The Benefit Consulting Group of Cartersville and George F. Willis Realty.

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