The Cartersville High baseball team begins region play today against Sandy Creek at Richard Bell Field. And while the Canes’ Region 5-AAAA is loaded with four teams ranked in the top 10 of Class 4A, the region schedule will be a cakewalk compared to what Cartersville has faced already in the non-region.
The Canes played the three top teams in Class 7A, beating two of them; have played three teams ranked in the top five of Class 5A and 6A, beating two of them, and have played six games against teams ranked in the top 50 in the country by Perfect Game at one point in the early season, winning three of them.
The 9-3 record against such a competitive non-region schedule has brought in certain early-season accolades, and has seen the Canes rise in the state and national rankings.
Cartersville came into the season ranked fifth in the Georgia Dugout Preview preseason poll, but has since moved up to second, behind only Blessed Trinity.
In the Score Atlanta poll released on Friday, Cartersville was ranked ahead of Blessed Trinity at No. 1 overall.
In the first MaxPreps computer rankings of the season, which dropped Tuesday, the Canes were ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind Blessed Trinity, No. 6 across all Georgia classifications and No. 21 in the country.
Blessed Trinity was ranked No. 1 in Georgia across all classifications according to MaxPreps. If both Cartersville and Blessed Trinity win their region, they would be aligned to face one another in the state semifinals.
In possibly the most prestigious of the rankings, Cartersville went from unranked to No. 30 in the country, according to Perfect Game’s latest national high school rankings released on Tuesday.
Also of note, Cartersville’s region mates Cedartown (3), Troup (6) and LaGrange (9) are all ranked in the top 10 of Georgia Dugout Preview’s rankings.