Walk-off win over Calhoun moves Lady Canes into region top spot

Senior Elizabeth Nelson had three hits in the Lady Canes' 7-6 win Tuesday over Calhoun.

Sophomore outfielder Reese Dumas delivered a one-out, walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night to lift the Lady Canes to a 7-6 win over visiting Calhoun.

The Cartersville victory moves the Lady Canes into sole possession of first place in the Region 7-5A standings with just five region games remaining in the regular season.

Calhoun led 2-0 through four innings Tuesday and built a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Cartersville narrowed their deficit to 4-3 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yellow Jackets responded with two more runs in the top of the sixth to make the score 6-3 but the Hurricanes tied the scored with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the seventh, Cartersville pitcher Ava Perkins allowed a pair of two-out hits to Calhoun but got out of the frame with a line out to Dumas in left field.

The Cartersville seventh started with a triple off the bat of Jordan Bishop. Following a strikeout, Campbell Rogers reached on a bunt single but Bishop held up at third on the play. Calhoun opted to intentionally walk Layne Callan to load the bases setting up the game-winning hit by Dumas.

Perkins earned the pitching victory with a complete game effort. She scattered nine hits and seven walks while striking out two.

The Cartersville offense out hit Calhoun 11 to nine.

Elizabeth Nelson had three hits with two RBIs. Dumas followed with two hits and one RBI. Callan also finished with a pair of hits. Mikey Lewis (2 RBIs), Kiley Arnold (RBI), Bishop, and Rogers added one hit each for the Canes.

Calhoun slips to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in region play.

Cartersville (11-7-1, 9-1) is off until a Monday, non-region doubleheader at Villa Rica. The Canes will then have one more full rotation of games against all five of their region opponents remaining.

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