Canes, Cass,Tigers fall in baseball
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Bartow County teams challenged their opponents but all three came up short in high school baseball action Monday.

Cartersville pushed two-time defending state champion Parkview but fell, 10-7, to the AAAAAA power.

Cass pushed Woodstock into extra innings where it lost on a 11th inning 3-run walk-off home run.

Adairsville almost came all the way back from a 9-5 deficit but needed one more run as it lost 9-8 to Rockmart.

Parkview 10, Cartersville 7

The Purple Hurricanes had to battle back repeatedly in their battle with Parkview, a traditional state power that currently is ranked No. 1 in Georgia in its division.

Jojo Underwood and Brandon Wells both hit home runs in the contest for Cartersville. Other Canes providing offensive muscle were Connor Justus and Garrett Rutledge, two hits each; Tripp Jamieson, Beau Benefield and Hayes Linn, one hit each.

At the mound, Hunter Osborne struck out five batters in three innings while giving up five runs, three of them earned; Latham Postell turned in two innings of relief while giving up four runs; Eliott Anderson worked a third of an inning, giving up a run; Cole Anderson pitched two-thirds of an inning with no runs.

Parkview scored the game’s first two runs in the bottom of the first and Cartersville answered with a pair in the top of the second.

Parkview scored three runs in its half of the second to claim a 5-2 lead but the Canes got one run back in the third, to close to 5-3. The home team stretched that lead to 7-3 in the fourth with the Canes closing to 7-5 in the fifth. The lead became 9-5 in the bottom of the frame and Cartersville closed to 9-7 in the top of the sixth. Parkview closed out scoring with one last run in the bottom of that inning.

The Canes may not have gotten it done, but they had their chances and just left too many runners on base while Parkview’s pitching staff made the pitches they needed to make with the game on the line.

Cartersville, now 1-3, next plays Friday, when it hosts Brookwood, Parkview’s archrival.

The game is scheduled for a 5:55 p.m. start.

Rockmart 9, Adairsville 8

Rockmart scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning and moved out to a commanding 9-5 lead against the Tigers in Adairsville.

Rockmart and Adairsville had both scored three runs in the first three innings and the Tigers two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and scratched out their last run in the bottom of the seventh, to account for the 9-8 score.

Tristin Smith scored two runs; Kyle Adams, one; Tyler Washington, one; Zach Sherwood, one; Cody Melton, one; Hunter Smith, one; and Blaine Bishop, one.

Tristin Smith pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned and striking out four; Kyle Adams worked two-thirds of an inning, surrendering six runs, all earned; Dalton Whitton, one-third of an inning; and Hunter Smith, one inning.

Woodstock 7, Cass 4

Cass took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning against Woodstock then tacked on a run each in the fourth and fifth inning to go up 3-0.

Woodstock answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth, to knot the game at 3-all.

Cass broke the tie in the seventh with a run for a 4-3 lead but Woodstock scored in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 4-all.

That tie lasted until the 11th inning, when a 3-run blast by Zack Zilweger gave Woodstock the win.

Cass coach Adam Williams said Cass may have lost but it played well throughout the evening in many facets of the game.

“It was just a good game between two good teams,” Williams said. “It was a hard-fought game and I hated it had to end.”

He said the Colonels needed to capitalize on more of their scoring opportunities.

“We needed some timely hitting and we didn’t get it,” he said. “We left a lot of runners on. We have to learn how to win.”

He said the team got some good contributions against Woodstock.

“Dylan Williams threw a great game for us, giving us 5 and 2/3 innings,” he said. “Brandon Etheridge gave us 5 1/3 innings in relief.

“Our kids played well but we have to learn from our mistakes and make sure we take that with us to Rockmart on Friday.”