Hurricanes win at Sonoraville, 5-4
Cartersville baseball managed only four hits Wednesday night at Sonoraville, but produced a go-ahead run in the fifth inning when it counted to defeat the host Phoenix 5-4. With the game tied 4-4, Parker McPherson walked to lead off the fifth inning for Cartersville and later scored on a Sonoraville infield error for what turned out to be the game-winning run. Ben Williams had a two-out infield hit that extended the inning and advanced McPherson to third base.
Silas Freeman (3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 2K) took over on the mound for Cartersville in the fifth inning and closed out the victory with three shutout frames.
The Canes scored three times in the top of the first inning on a pair of doubles by Josh Davis and McPherson. The inning also included a walk, a Sonoraville error, a dropped third strike that allowed Chandler Tromza to reach, and a Drew Rothschild sacrifice fly.
Sonoraville answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to narrow the margin to 3-2 but Cartersville extended its lead once again. The Hurricanes moved ahead 4-2 in the top of the fourth when Tromza walked and eventually worked his way around to third before scoring on a wild pitch. Williams had his second hit of the game in the inning to help advance Tromza.
The Cartersville advantage was short-lived, however, as the Phoenix tied the game in the bottom of the frame.
Tanner Folds (RBI) and Zach Lyles (doube, triple, 2 RBI) led Sonoraville with two hits each.
Jacob Cornette (3.1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 3BB, 8K) was tagged with the pitching loss for the Phoenix in relief of starter Folds (3.2 IP, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 7K).
Rothschild (2 IP, 2ER, 2H, 1BB, 3K) started on the mound for Cartersville. Mason McBee (2 IP, 2ER, 3H, 2K) worked the third and fourth innings.
Cartersville (2-3) snapped a three-game skid and will play Friday in the Battle for Bartow Classic at LakePoint. The Canes will play Riverside of Greer, South Carolina at 5 p.m. and will then play a second game (to be determined) against either Pepperell or Cass at 7:15 p.m. All eight teams in the tournament will play again on Saturday. For the tournament schedule please see this previous story — Battle for Bartow Classic returns to LakePoint this weekend.