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No. 1 ranked Canes finish sweep of Hiram, win Region 7-5A

Cartersville pitcher Caden Carroll combined with fellow hurler Cal Goss Thursday night for a three-inning, no-hitter at Hiram.

Cartersville baseball entered the final week of the regular season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and will head into the 2022 state playoffs in that position following a three-game sweep of the Hiram Hornets.

The Canes, who blanked the Hornets at home Tuesday night 15-0, swept Thursday night’s doubleheader at Hiram 19-0 and 12-2.

Cartersville also wrapped up the No. 1 seed from Region 7-5A in the upcoming GHSA State Playoffs. As a top seed, the Hurricanes will be guaranteed to host at least the first two rounds of the state playoffs should they get through the opening round.

The losses dropped the Hornets to 2-25 on the year and 0-15 in region play.

In Thursday evening’s first game, Cartersville pitchers Caden Carroll (2 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 5K) and Cal Goss (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 1K) combined for an abbreviated three inning no-hitter.

Elliott Eastin had three hits including a double and two RBIs in the opener. Caleb Daniel followed with two hits including a double and four RBIs. Drew Rothschild also contributed two hits including a double with three RBIs.

Harrison Childers smacked a grand slam home run in the second inning and Blake Sutton blasted a three run home run in the first inning. Hank Smith (RBI) and Paul Gamble added one hit each for the Canes.

In Game 2, Hiram took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before the Canes erupted for a dozen unanswered runs over the next four frames.

Starting pitcher Colt McKibben (3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 1H, 1BB, 5K) plus relievers Geoffrey Gore (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1K), and Tyler Williams (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K) combined to strike out eight in five innings.

Trip Bradley had a double and a triple in the second game with two RBIs. Jimbo Gaines also had two hits and one RBI. Isaac McNair-Seigler (double, 2 RBIs), Gavin Shrewsbury (double, RBI), Miles Owen (RBI), Pearse Mullinax (RBI), and Ryan Johnson contributed one hit each. Kaden Stephenson and Landon Cole added one RBI apiece.

Cartersville (23-5, 14-1) will host the No. 4-seed from Region 5-5A, the Chamblee Bulldogs (15-12), next Wednesday in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The best-of-three series will begin with a doubleheader. If a third game is needed, it will also be hosted at Richard Bell Field on Thursday. Start times for all games will be determined later this weekend.


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