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Tuesday's baseball roundup: Canes sweep Colonels; Wildcats sweep Jackets


The No. 1-ranked Cartersville Purple Hurricanes swept a doubleheader with visiting Cass Tuesday night at the Cartersville Baseball Complex while the Woodland Wildcats were also busy completing a doubleheader sweep of visiting Calhoun.

In Adairsville, the Tigers dropped a Region 6-AAA decision with the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Warriors.



CARTERSVILLE 4, CASS 1


The Purple Hurricanes got another strong start from pitcher Caden Carroll to win the first game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader with Cass 4-1.


The Colonels scored a run in the top of the first for an early 1-0 lead but the Hurricanes answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again.


Carroll pitched 5-⅓ innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits and two walks. The Kennesaw State commit struck out seven. Phillip Schiltz took the mound with one out in the sixth inning and closed out the game without allowing a run or a hit. Schiltz fanned four in 1-⅔ innings of work.


Harrison Childers had two hits including one triple and two RBIs for Cartersville. Caleb Daniel also had two hits. Luke Miller (RBI), Isaac McNair-Seigler (RBI), Paul Gamble, and Kaden Stephenson (double) had the other hits for the Canes.


Carson Hill started on the mound in a losing cause for Cass. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in five innings. Trenton Payne worked a scoreless sixth inning for the Colonels without allowing a hit. He did walk one.


Jesiel Moctezuma had two hits for the Colonels’ offense. Hunter Lovett (RBI), Connor Jenkins, Wesley Collins, and Hill had one hit apiece.



CARTERSVILLE 10, CASS 0


In Game Two on Tuesday at the Cartersville Baseball Complex, Canes’ pitchers Nicholas Hruby and Geoffrey Gore combined for six shutout innings and ten strikeouts to blank the Colonels, 10-0.


Hruby worked the first five innings, scattered six hits and fanned seven without issuing a walk. Gore struck out the side to close out the sixth inning.


Landon Cole and Luke Miller (triple) had two hits each for the Hurricanes’ offense. Paul Gamble (two RBIs), Kaden Stephenson (double, two RBIs), Harrison Childers (RBI), Caleb Daniel (double, RBI), and Miles Owen (double) added one hit each.


Six different Colonels — Hunter Lovett, Connor Jenkins, Cayden Roberts, Justin Peace, Carson Hill, and Nic Wright — had one hit each.


Roberts (2.1 IP, 6ER, 7H, 1BB, 1K) made the start on the mound for Cass and took the loss. Peace (3.1 IP, 4ER, 1H, 5BB, 4K) relieved Roberts in the third inning and finished out the game on the mound.


Cass (10-14, 5-6) will host Cartersville (23-2, 11-0) in the final game of their three-game series Thursday at 5:55 p.m.



WOODLAND 8, CALHOUN 7


In the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday night, Woodland and Calhoun traded runs early and often but it was the host Wildcats who came away with an 8-7 victory.


The game had four lead changes.


Calhoun led 2-0 in the top of the first before the Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the first for a 3-2 advantage. Following a scoreless second inning, Calhoun scored four runs in the third to grab a 6-3 lead.


The teams traded single runs in the fourth, but it was Woodland that came up with two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to squeeze out an 8-7 win.


Woodland utilized four pitchers with Hunter Shirley (1 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 2K) picking up the win by working a scoreless sixth inning. Ayden Ray (3 IP, 6R, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 6K) made the pitching start for the Wildcats and Coby Barrett (2 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 3K) retired six outs across the fourth and fifth innings. Zach Lambert (1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K) collected a save by closing out the final inning.


Julian Wright had three hits to pace the Woodland offense. Ray finished with two hits including one double and one RBI. Connor Stermer (double, RBI) had the only other Wildcats’ hit. Mason Williams (sac fly) and Brett Good added one RBI each.



WOODLAND 11, CALHOUN 0


In Game Two Tuesday night, Woodland starting pitcher Austin Daves tossed a five-inning, complete game shutout as the Wildcats cruised to an 11-0 win.


Daves scattered two hits, two walks, and one hit batsman and kept the Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard.


Meanwhile, the Woodland bats scored five runs in both the third and fourth innings to end the contest in five innings.


Ayden Ray led the Wildcats’ offense with three hits including one double and one RBI. Connor Stermer followed with a pair of hits including one double and two RBIs. Mason Williams contributed one double and one RBI while Brett Good added one RBI.


Woodland (14-12, 8-3) heads to Calhoun Thursday for the third game of their series with the Yellow Jackets (9-15, 6-5). First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.



LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE 9, ADAIRSVILLE 4


Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe scored eight runs in the first two innings Tuesday night and earned a series split with Adairsville, 9-5.


The visiting Tigers, who won the first game of the series at home Monday night, scored twice in the top of the first inning to lead 2-0 on a Chris Roper homer but LFO erased that lead in the bottom of the frame.


The Warriors scored three times in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead and added five more runs the next inning to lead 8-2.


Adairsville narrowed the deficit to 8-4 in the fourth but got no closer.


Chris Roper doubled, homered, and finished with two RBIs in the loss. Tyler Driggers had a double and two RBIs. Landon O’Neal and Evan Sanders added one hit apiece.


Jack Whitley (1.1 IP, 6R, 2ER, 2H, 3BB, 1K) made the start for the Tigers and was tagged with the loss. Grayson Belcher (0.0 IP, 2ER, 0H, 2BB), Kaiden Coker (3.2 IP, 1R, 0ER, 6H, 1BB, 5K), and Hudson Parr (1 IP, 0R, 0H) pitched in relief.


LFO improved to 13-11 overall and 5-5 in Region 6-AAA.


Adairsville (12-10, 6-4) has a two-game series with Coahulla Creek Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s game is at home at 5:55 p.m. The Tigers visit the Colts at 5:55 p.m. on Friday.

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