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Three home runs help Canes run rule Chapel Hill

After scoring just one run Thursday against Sandy Creek, the Cartersville High baseball team broke out in a big way Friday on the road at Chapel Hill.

The Canes scored two runs in every inning except for one, and in that inning they scored five, as they went on to run rule Chapel Hill by a score of 13-0 in five innings.

Cartersville is now 11-3 on the year, 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA, and will next play today against Rome at 1 p.m. at the home of the Rome Braves, State Mutual Stadium.

The Canes will carry hot bats into the minor league ballpark, as they accumulated 13 hits in just five innings Friday.

Devin Warner hit two home runs in the game, and Anthony Seigler hit a two-run shot in the second.

Seigler would go 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while coming just a triple short of the cycle.

For his part, Warner went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs; J.P. Martin went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored; and Spencer Dickey went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

On the mound, sophomore Mason Barnett pitched all five innings and struck out nine. He allowed just two hits and one walk.

The Canes benefited from four Chapel Hill errors, but still would have had plenty of hits to run away from the Panthers without Chapel Hill’s miscues.

Warner’s solo homer and a Chapel Hill error accounted for the first two runs in the first inning.

Seigler’s two-run dinger then made it 4-0 after two.

With the bases loaded in the third after a Martin double, Jacob Fowler hit by pitch and Dickey single, a run came around to score on a wild pitch, and then another touched home on a sacrifice fly by Brant Smith.

The big five-run inning came in the fourth. 

Seigler doubled with one out, and a groundout the next at bat left one runner on with two outs.

But it was then that the hit parade got going for Cartersville, as four consecutive singles by Noah Daniel, Martin, Fowler and Dickey made it 9-0.

Smith was then hit by a pitch to bring in another run, and freshman Chandler Tromza, making his first varsity start, registered his first RBI with a single to make the score 11-0.

The final two runs would be tacked on in the fifth when Seigler singled and Warner hit one over the right field fence for his second home run of the game and an exclamation mark on the convincing region win.

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