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Cass sweeps DH at Hiram; Canes split with Calhoun; Woodland, Adairsville drop region games

The Cass Colonels swept a Region 7-AAAAA doubleheader at Hiram Friday night, winning 8-3 and 9-2.

Cass trailed 3-1 through four innings in the opener but scored eight unanswered runs over the final three frames to win Game 1.

In the nightcap, the Colonels pounded out 11 hits in the game and tallied six runs in the fourth inning on their way to an eventual 9-2 victory. Chase Botts (2 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 2K) picked up the pitching win in the first game in relief of starter Trey Scott (3 IP, 3ER, 4H, 3BB, 7K). Aidan Cottingim (1.1 IP, 0R, 1H, 2BB, 1K) and Jayden Smith (0.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K) closed out the final two shutout frames.

Jordan Gani (7 IP, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 11K) tossed a complete-game, four-hitter in the nightcap to earn the victory on the mound. He walked two and struck out 11.

The Colonels enjoyed a balanced hitting attack in the doubleheader with nine players finishing the night with at least two hits each. Nic Wallin and Matt Shook led the way with three hits apiece. Wallin drove in four runs and Shook had a pair of RBIs.

Kyle Miller (3 RBIs), Bentley Markley (2 RBIs), Aidan Larkin (RBI), Carson Hill (RBI), Jordan Gani, Matt Ballas, and Jayden Smith all had two hits on the night.

The losses drop Hiram to 2-10 for the season and 0-5 in Region 7-AAAAA.

Cass (5-10, 4-1) hosts the Hornets to complete the three-game region series Monday at 5:55 p.m.


The Class 5A 3rd-ranked Canes used a five-run fifth inning in Friday night’s second game to defeat 6th-ranked Calhoun, 6-1. The win secured the series win for Cartersville, two games to one.

Cartersville took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by C Bonner, but it was a productive fifth inning that made the difference after Calhoun tied the game in the third.

In the Canes’ fifth inning, two walks and two hit batsmen forced in a run for a 2-0 lead. Then a two-RBI single by B Sutton and a pinch hit, two-RBI double by Paul Gamble extended the Cartersville lead to 6-1.

Cartersville starting pitcher Mason McBee (5 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 7K) earned the pitching win in the nightcap with seven strikeouts across five innings of work. Davis Williams (2 IP, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 3K) retired the final six outs — half by strikeout.

Cartersville (10-5, 5-1 Region 7-AAAAA) hosts Woodland Tuesday at Richard Bell Field to begin their next three-game region series.

The doubleheader split leaves Calhoun 7-6 overall and 2-4 in region action.


Cartersville loaded the bases in the seventh inning to threaten late, but Calhoun pitcher Bryse Ingle got a pair of groundouts to close out the game as the Yellow Jackets shutout the Canes, 3-0, in Friday’s opening game.

Ingle tossed a complete-game, one-hitter to earn the victory for Calhoun. He walked two and hit a batter while fanning nine.

The Yellow Jackets’ offense took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and added a run in the second frame. Back to back hits followed by a groundout pushed the first two runs across. A pair of doubles in the second inning scored Calhoun’s third run.

Cartersville starting pitcher Phillip Schiltz (3 IP, 3ER, 4H, 4BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss for the Canes. Silas Freeman (3 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 2K) and Davis Williams (1 IP, 1K) pitched in relief.

The top three batters in the Calhoun order — Dante Morton, Parker Lester, and Andon Lewis — combined for five hits and three RBIs for the Yellow Jackets.

Blake Sutton had the only Cartersville hit. It came in the second inning.


The host Titans scored twice in the first inning, added an unearned run in the second, and posted an insurance run in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead in Friday’s opening game. Woodland cut the lead in half in the fifth inning, but Blessed Trinity held on for a 4-2 region win.

Blessed Trinity pitchers Jake Lankie (6 IP, 2ER, 3H, 1BB, 6K) and Jackson Seng (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1K) combined to scatter four hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Ben Hamacher, Michael Mitchler, and Jonathan Franchi had two hits each for the Titans. Hayden Grier drove in two runs with a double.

Carter Heath took the pitching loss for Woodland. Heath went all six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs — three earned — while striking out four.

Drew Billings doubled for the Wildcats. Heath, Ayden Ray, and Jakiyon Porter contributed one hit each. Julian Wright had one RBI.


Friday night’s second game at Blessed Trinity was dominated by the Titans’ pitchers and an offense that banged out 11 hits.

Blessed Trinity (11-6, 5-1 Region 7-AAAAA) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, added six more runs in the fourth, and ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with three more runs.

Drew Billings and Scotty Smith had doubles for the Wildcats’ offense. Chase Carson added the other Woodland base hit.

Smith (3.2 IP, 7R, 2ER, 9H, 2BB, 5K) suffered the pitching loss. Nate Rosser (1 IP, 3ER, 2H, 3BB, 2K) was on the mound for the Wildcats when the game ended in the fifth.

Woodland (5-11, 1-5) plays a three-game series with Cartersville starting Tuesday at Richard Bell Field at 5:55 p.m. The Wildcats will host a doubleheader next Friday.


North Murray pitcher Daniel Skojac threw a complete-game, two-hitter at Adairsville Friday night to blank the Tigers 4-0.

Skojac allowed only a second inning single to Evan Sanders and a fifth inning bunt single to Conner Crunkleton to go with a pair of walks. He fanned five.

Adairsville pitcher Elijah Padgett (6.2 IP, 3ER, 1H, 4BB, 9K) virtually matched Skojac most of the way. He went six and two-thirds innings and took the Tigers into the seventh inning trailing only 1-0. Padgett allowed only one hit with four walks and struck out nine. Sanders (0.1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 1K) entered in the seventh inning to retire the final out.

North Murray improved to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in Region 6-AAA.

Adairsville (5-6, 0-1) will travel to North Murray Tuesday.


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