Woodland completes sweep of Cartersville; Cass and Adairsville collect region wins
Woodland softball completed a regular season sweep of Cartersville Wednesday night on the Hurricanes’ home field, 7-1. Woodland led 2-0 after one inning on a two-run homer by Michiah Hicks and added to their lead in the fourth through sixth innings. The Wildcats added a single run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and an additional insurance run in the sixth to build a 7-0 lead. Cartersville’s lone run came in the seventh inning. Woodland pitcher Lainey Baker scattered eight hits and did not walk a batter. She struck out 11 in earning the win. McKinley Chada (7 IP, 7R, 4ER, 10H, 1BB, 1K) was tagged with the pitching loss in the circle for the Canes.
In addition to her home run, Hicks added another hit and finished with three RBIs. Morgan Cooper had two hits including a double and one RBI. Kailey Baker had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Chloe Cantrell doubled while Cassie Jones, Lainey Baker, and Ansley Evans added one hit apiece for Woodland.
AnnaKate McElhaney had two hits for Cartersville including a triple and one RBI. Mikey Lewis and Kiley Arnold finished with two hits including one double each. Erin McCrary (double) and Chada had the other Hurricanes’ base hits.
Cartersville finished the season with a 7-20 record. The Canes were 4-11 in Region 7-AAAAA and finished fifth. Woodland (17-7, 9-3) has a solid hold on the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and has a region doubleheader at Hiram Thursday starting at 5 p.m. The Wildcats also have a home-and-home series with Lassiter next week and a home region game with top-seeded Calhoun October 13 remaining on their regular season schedule.
CASS WINS IN ROUT AT HIRAM Cass softball started slowly, but cruised to 14 runs over the final three frames in a 16-3, six inning win Wednesday night at Hiram. The Colonels led 2-0 through three innings and had their lead narrowed to 4-3 through four innings before adding on their late runs. Cass out hit the host Hornets 18 to six and took advantage of four Hiram errors. Kylee Hembree (3.1 IP, 3ER, 5H, 2BB, 3K) and Rachael Lee (2.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 3BB, 4K) split the pitching duties for the Colonels. Haylee Dishmon had three hits including a double and Kendyl Hardin hit a pair of solo home runs to pace the Cass offense. Kimberly Allen (3 RBIs), Alexis Woods (double), Ansley Hight (RBI), and Haley Smith (RBI) had two hits each. Rachael Lee doubled and had two RBIs. Hayley Dillow (2 RBIs), Savannah Tatum (RBI), Eryn Lee, and Chacy Gosselin added one hit apiece. Cass (15-9, 9-4) has clinched a state playoff berth and currently holds the No. 3-seed from Region 7-AAAAA. The Colonels close out the regular season with a home doubleheader next Tuesday against region-leading Calhoun and will host Haralson County in a non-region game October 8.
ADAIRSVILLE 3, LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE 0
Adairsville softball blanked visiting Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 3-0 Wednesday in a Region 6-AAA matchup in Tiger Valley. Victoria O’Neal tossed a complete-game, one-hitter and struck out 15 Warriors in the victory. The two teams battled scoreless for five and a half innings before the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. Two LFO infield errors off the bats of A Winters and Taylor Rhoades sandwiched around a walk to Sadye Johnson led to the first two Adairsville runs. The final run was a sacrifice fly by M Pullam.
The Tigers finished with only two hits in the game. O’Neal doubled in both the second and sixth innings but was stranded each time.
The loss drops LFO to 13-9 overall and 9-5 in Region 6-AAA. Adairsville (13-9, 7-8) hosts Sonoraville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.