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Davis' 2 homers propel Canes to 18-5 victory

 

Josh Davis occupies one of the most important spots in the Cartersville batting order.

The sophomore slots into the No. 2 hole, directly behind star leadoff man Anthony Seigler. Giving Seigler protection, being able to reach base consistently and being able to move runners around the bases are all among the responsibilities Davis must accept.

Hitting home runs isn't a requirement for the position, but it won't hurt his case to stay locked into that incredibly important role.

He socked his first two career homers Friday at LaGrange to help Cartersville earn an 18-5, six-inning victory in Region 5-AAAA play.

The game was much closer throughout than the final score would indicate, as the Canes (22-6, 10-0) erupted for a staggering 14 runs in the top of the sixth inning. The big blow in the frame was a grand slam off the bat of Davis to turn a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 lead.

The one-out blast came after Jordan Wilkie walked, Preston Welchel doubled and Seigler was intentionally walked. Both Davis and Seigler had already hit two-run homers earlier in the game, but the Grangers (9-20, 6-4) opted to go after the sophomore.

He burned them, and it completely turned the game on its head.

After the homer, two singles and a walk loaded the bases. Ian Inaba drove in Mason Barnett with a groundout, and Wilkie had a two-run double.

Four straight walks increased the Cartersville lead to 13-5. Barnett ended the string with a single to drive home two before Jake Gooch launched a three-run homer.

Davis gave the Canes a 2-0 lead two batters into the game after Seigler walked. Seigler turned around and launched a two-run shot in the second inning for a 4-0 edge.

LaGrange answered with three runs in the third off Cohen Wilbanks and two in the fifth off Gage Morris to grab a 5-4 advantage before Cartersville's explosion in its next turn at bat.

Davis finished 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and seven driven in; Barnett went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving home a pair; Gooch and Seigler both had three RBIs; and Welchel wound up 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

The Canes look to lock up the region title when Troup County visits Richard Bell Field at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday in Cartersville's regular-season home finale.

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