Canes win marathon to lead series with Calhoun
Phillip Schiltz threw seven shutout innings of relief and the Canes pushed across a deciding run in the top of the twelfth inning Thursday night to win an extra innings battle at Calhoun, 4-3.
The win comes on the heels of Tuesday night’s 2-1 walk-off win by the Canes and now gives Cartersville a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.
Calhoun’s Andrew Purdy hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Cartersville’s Caleb Daniel — who had singled earlier in the inning — scored on Harrison Childers’ sacrifice fly to cut the Calhoun lead to 2-1.
Daniel then hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning that gave the Canes a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Calhoun tied the game on a double, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. The score remained 3-3 until the twelfth, but not without plenty of action in between.
The Canes got a potential go-ahead run to third base in the top of the seventh but couldn’t finish the rally. The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases in the eighth but Schiltz, who took the mound in the sixth for starter Ryan Johnson (5 IP, 3ER, 2H, 1BB, 7K), got out of the danger with a strikeout.
In the top of the twelfth, Daniel led off with a single. Childers and Isaac McNair-Seigler followed with walks to load the bases. Calhoun pitcher Purdy was then called for a balk that sent Daniel across the plate for the ultimate winning run.
The Yellow Jackets also loaded the bases in the bottom of the twelfth with no outs, but Schiltz mowed down the side with three consecutive strikeouts to preserve the win.
Schiltz (7 IP, 0R, 2H, 4BB, 12K) struck out 12 to earn the pitching win.
Daniel led the offense with three hits including a home run and two RBIs. He also walked twice. Luke Miller, Miles Owen, McNair-Seigler, Tristan McKibben, and Hunter Kelly added one hit apiece. Childers had one RBI with his sac fly.
Cartersville (10-2, 2-0) and Calhoun (3-10, 0-2) are scheduled to complete their three-game series Friday at 5:55 p.m. at Richard Bell Field.