Cartersville Little League 11U team tops Toccoa in extra innings

Cartersville Little League’s 11U team took down Toccoa Monday night, 18-9 in extra innings, in an elimination game at the Georgia 11U State Tournament in Dudley. Cartersville took control early with a six-run second inning and built a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Toccoa didn’t go away, however, answering with four runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth to knot the score at 9-9.

Following a scoreless sixth, Cartersville posted nine runs in the top of the seventh to secure the outcome with Braden Slocumb closing out the final frame on the mound with a pair of ground outs and a strikeout. Will Phillips picked up the pitching win for Cartersville after entering in the fifth inning and retiring all five batters he faced.

Cartersville used a total of seven pitchers in the contest including starter Luke Thompson (3 IP, 1ER, 6K) who worked the first three frames and fanned six. Brant Rutledge (0.0 IP, 2ER, 1BB), Avery Slye (1.1 IP, 5R, 3ER, 3H, 2BB, 3K), Noah Kearney (0.0 IP, 1ER, 1H, 1BB), and Cam Kachinsky (0.0 IP, 1BB) also took the mound in relief.

Rutledge paced the offense with three hits including a double and three RBIs. Slocumb had two hits including a double and two RBIs. River Wade and Slye finished with two hits and one RBI each. Blake Genrich, Brody Jones, and Thompson contributed one hit and one RBI each. Aiden Turner added one hit and Kachinsky was credited with one RBI.

The win puts Cartersville (1-1) among the final four teams in the 11U state tournament. They will play Smyrna Little League (1-1) Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in an elimination game. The two undefeated teams — Northern-Columbus and host Dudley — play the game preceding Cartersville at 6 p.m. on Scott Brown Field.

Information for local Little League softball and baseball updates along with updates from Georgia Recreation and Parks Association baseball and softball tournaments are provided by the Cartersville and Bartow County Recreation Departments and the respective Little League Baseball and Softball organizations. The updates are presented by CiCi's of Cartersville located in the Cherokee Crossing shopping center.

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