Tigers, Wildcats, and Canes pick up region wins Thursday night
The Adairsville Tigers picked up a Region 6-AAA win on the road Thursday night while Woodland and Cartersville collected Region 7-AAAAA wins on their home diamonds.
At Cass, the Colonels dropped a home decision to Calhoun.
ADAIRSVILLE 10, LaFAYETTE 2
The Tigers never trailed Thursday night at LaFayette and put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth inning with a six-run outburst to win 10-2.
Jack Nelson (7 IP, 2R, 1ER, 5H, 1BB, 7K) scattered five hits and one walk across seven innings on the mound to earn the pitching win. He struck out seven.
Adairsville scored two runs in the first and single runs in the second and third innings to take an early 4-2 lead. The Tigers’ six-run, sixth inning included five hits including a three-run homer by Evan Sanders and a two-run home run by Jarrett Scott.
Sanders finished with two hits including his homer and four RBIs. Scott (HR, two RBIs), Nelson (double, two RBIs), Landon O’Neal (RBI), PJ Weeks, Tyler Driggers, Braxton Ryan, and Peyton Bowen (double) added one hit each.
LaFayette (7-12, 0-5) visits Adairsville (10-7, 4-1) Friday at 5:55 p.m. to complete the two teams’ home-and-home series.
WOODLAND 10, HIRAM 0
The Wildcats scored in four of five innings while pitchers Ayden Ray and Luke Evans combined on a two-hit shutout as Woodland blanked visiting Hiram Thursday, 10-0.
Ray, who also had two hits including a double and three RBIs, pitched the first four innings giving up only a pair of hits and one walk. He struck out two. Evans struck out the side in the fifth inning to close out the mercy, run-rule win.
Six Wildcats contributed one hit each.
Jakiyon Porter (RBI), Coby Barrett (RBI), Jack Chatman (RBI), Julian Wright (double, RBI), Connor Stermer (RBI), and Joshua Hicks added one hit apiece. Mason Williams was credited with one RBI.
Hiram (4-12, 0-8) hosts Woodland (10-10, 5-3) Friday at 5:55 p.m. to conclude the two teams’ three-game series.
CARTERSVILLE 10, DALTON 0
Cartersville pitchers Ryan Johnson and Geoffrey Gore combined to shutout visiting Dalton Thursday night in a 10-0 win in six innings.
Johnson started on the mound and struck out nine in five innings. He yielded five hits and one walk. Gore struck out one and retired the Catamounts in order in the sixth inning.
The Purple Hurricanes scored three runs in the second, four in the fourth, and three more in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 10-run margin.
Luke Miller (three RBIs), Cameron Cochran (two RBIs), and Isaac McNair-Seigler (one RBI) had two hits each for Cartersville. Miles Owen (double, two RBIs), Caleb Daniel (double, RBI), and Harrison Childers (RBI) added one hit each for the Canes.
No. 1-ranked Cartersville (16-2, 8-0) extended its current win streak to ten games. The Canes will play the third game of their series with Dalton (3-15, 1-7) on the road Friday at 5:55 p.m.
CALHOUN 11, CASS 1
Calhoun pitcher Cooper Evans struck out thirteen and threw a six-inning, one-hitter to win at Cass on Thursday, 11-1.
Evans allowed a second inning single and two walks, but kept the Colonels off the scoreboard except for a fifth inning run.
Calhoun led 3-0 when Cass pushed across a run by way of an error, a walk, a pair of stolen bases and a passed ball.
The Yellow Jackets put the game away in the top of the sixth inning by scoring eight runs.
Five hits, three walks, two hit batsmen, and a sacrifice fly produced the rally.
Cayden Roberts (4 IP, 3ER, 7H, 1BB, 3K) started and was tagged with the pitching loss for Cass. Justin Peace (1.1 IP, 5ER, 2H, 2BB) and Chase Tatum (0.2 IP, 3ER, 3H, 1BB) pitched in relief for the Colonels.
Ripken West, Spencer Evans, and Isaac Green combined for eight of Calhoun’s dozen hits including two doubles and seven RBIs.
Connor Jenkins had the only Cass base hit.
The Colonels (10-8, 5-3) will seek to salvage the final game of the three-game series Friday at 5:55 p.m. at Calhoun (8-11, 5-3).