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Canes outlast Sandy Creek at Battle for Bartow Classic

Drew Rothschild had three hits and four RBIs in Cartersville's win over Sandy Creek Friday.

Cartersville went with a “different look” lineup Friday afternoon and took care of business with Sandy Creek as the Purple Hurricanes won 8-6 in a Battle for Bartow game played at LakePoint in Emerson.

The Canes jumped on top 5-0 through the first two innings and tacked on a single run in the fourth. After the Patriots rallied to tie the score, Cartersville added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to hold off Sandy Creek.

The Patriots scored three times in the third inning and posted two more runs in the fourth to narrow their deficit to 6-5. Sandy Creek, ranked 8th in Class 3A, then tied the game in the fifth inning with a single run before the Canes added two late runs to seal the victory.

Drew Rothschild started on the mound for Cartersville but also had a nice day at the plate with three hits including a triple and four RBIs. Paul Gamble had two hits including a double and one RBI. Jimbo Gaines also finished with two hits and one RBI. Trip Bradley contributed a double and Gavin Shrewsbury added one hit for the Canes.

On the mound, Collin Eaton (3 IP, 0R, 2H, 3BB, 5K) picked up the win in relief of Rothschild (3 IP, 3ER, 2H, 1BB, 5K) and Geoffrey Gore (1 IP, 3R, 1ER, 2H, 1BB, 2K).


Class 7A North Paulding scored eight runs in the first two innings Friday night and never looked back in a 12-2 win over Cartersville at LakePoint.

The Canes, playing as the visiting team, led 1-0 in the top of the first inning but mustered only one more run in the third inning. Cartersville totaled just four hits and committed four errors in the loss.

Cayden Sheffield (double, RBI), Tysen Benford (two doubles, 2 RBIs), and Dylan Martin finished with three hits each for the Wolfpack as North Paulding amassed a dozen hits.

Curt Bonner had two hits for Cartersville including a double. Jacob Ray (double) and Jake Brasfield contributed one hit each. Elliott Eastin drove in a run for the Canes with a sacrifice fly.

Jackson Greer (5 IP, 2ER, 4H, 3BB, 6K) and DeShawn Morgan (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 2K) combined on the mound for the Wolfpack to compile eight strikeouts.

Colt McKibben (1.2 IP, 8R, 6ER, 4H, 6BB, 3K) suffered the pitching loss for Cartersville. Tyler Williamson (2.1 IP, 2ER, 4H, 1BB, 1K), Paul Gamble (1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 2BB, 2K), and Sawyer Wilson (0.2 IP, 1ER, 3H, 2K) also pitched for the Hurricanes.

North Paulding improved to 13-9 for the season.

Cartersville (16-5) plays Locust Grove Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final game of the 2022 Battle for Bartow Classic.


In the Wildcats’ second game at the Battle for Bartow Classic, Woodland lost to Ringgold 12-7.

Playing as the visitors, Woodland scored five times in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score 5-5 before Ringgold responded with seven runs across their next two frames.

The base on balls was a nemesis for the Wildcats’ pitching staff. Ringgold managed only five hits, but the Tigers took advantage of a dozen walks issued by Woodland pitchers.

Jacob Gravett had two hits including a triple and three RBIs for the Woodland offense. Rowan Billings also had two hits and drove in one run. Ayden Ray finished with one hit and two RBIs. Bret Good, Jackson Rutledge, Mason Williams, and Julian Wright added one hit apiece for the Wildcats.


A four-run fourth inning gave Cedartown a 5-0 lead and launched the Bulldogs to an eventual 9-2 win over Woodland in both teams’ final game Friday at the 2022 Battle for Bartow Classic at LakePoint.

Woodland narrowed the Bulldogs’ lead to 5-2 in the sixth inning, but Cedartown put the game away with another four run burst in the seventh.

Julian Wright and Jacob Gravett had two hits each for the Wildcats in the loss. Austin Sanders drove in a run with a triple and Bret Good added one base hit.

Hunter Shirley (4 IP, 5R, 3ER, 7H, 3BB, 2K) suffered the Woodland pitching loss. Tore Foss (2 IP, 0R, 4BB, 3K) worked a pair of scoreless innings. Wright (1 IP, 4ER, 2H, 1BB, 1K) also pitched for the Wildcats.

Cedartown, ranked fourth in Class 4A, won two of three games in the Classic and improved to 17-7 for the year.

Woodland (10-14, 3-6) returns to Region 7-5A play Tuesday hosting 6th-ranked Calhoun at 5:55 p.m.


Locust Grove built an 11-0 lead over Cass in the first three innings Saturday at LakePoint and beat the Colonels 12-1 in five innings at the Battle for Bartow Classic.

The Wildcats took advantage of ten walks by Cass pitchers and needed only six hits to take the win.

Keyshawn Wright hit a three-run home run in the third inning and Landen Baird had two hits for Locust Grove. Four other Wildcats drove in one run each.

Three Locust Grove pitchers combined to limit the Colonels to only one hit in the contest.

Aidan Larkin singled in the top of the fourth inning to break up a potential no-hitter. He scored later in the inning for the Colonels’ only run.

Locust Grove improved to 17-6 on the season. The Wildcats are currently in second place in Region 4-5A just one game behind Ola.


The Colonels and Tigers battled for five scoreless innings Friday night at LakePoint before Ringgold pushed across five runs in the sixth to win 5-0 in a Battle for Bartow Classic matchup.

Ryder Fairchild hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth and break the scoreless tie. After a pop out, three consecutive hits gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Ty Gilbert followed with a two-run home run and Ringgold had enough to take home the win.

Ringgold pitchers Robbie Bates (6 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 6K) and Hudson Chandler (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1K) kept the Colonels off the base paths for the most part. The duo scattered three total hits and issued only one walk while striking out seven.

The Ringgold sixth inning spoiled a nice pitching start by Cayden Roberts (5.1 IP, 5ER, 8H, 0BB, 2K) who kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for five frames. Hayden Cole (1.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 2K) retired the final five outs with two strikeouts.

Roberts had two of the Colonels’ three hits. Carson Hill added one safety for Cass.

Ringgold improved to 12-12 on the season.

Cass (5-19, 4-5) returns to Region 7-5A action Tuesday at No. 1-ranked Cartersville. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.


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