Another low-scoring game turned into another crucial region loss for the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes Tuesday, as they fell to Troup County on the road, 2-1.
Troup clinched the region title with the victory, which left Cartersville in a muddle for the 2, 3 and 4 seeds among the Canes, LaGrange and Cedartown.
Anthony Seigler hit a solo home run and pitched all six innings for Cartersville, giving up just three hits, but the Canes couldn’t find another run despite having five other hits besides Seigler’s dinger.
With Cartersville ace Seigler on the mound, the Tigers made clear their desire to play for single runs in the bottom of the first.
Kenly Bridwell doubled to lead off and was immediately sacrificed to third. A sac fly brought him home for an early 1-0 Troup lead.
Cartersville, which put single runners on in both the first and second, had its best chance to that point in the third after singles by Ian Inaba and Noah Daniel, but Devin Warner popped out to end the inning.
That was it on offense for both teams until the top of the sixth, when Seigler homered to center leading off the inning to tie it.
Seigler, after squaring the game up, couldn’t keep it there, and it was another leadoff double that did him in.
This time it was Jared Helton leading off the bottom of the sixth with a two-bagger. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another sac fly from the next batter.
That made it 2-1 Troup going to the top of the seventh, and that would be the final, but not before one last inning that looked promising but would ultimately be squandered in heartbreaking fashion.
J.P. Martin reached on an error to lead off the inning and Spencer Dickey followed with a single. Jacob Fowler entered as a pinch-hitter, but his bunt went right back to the pitcher and Martin was forced out at third.
That little twist would prove agonizingly important when Preston Welchel followed with a single to center, but Dickey, who represented the tying run on second, was thrown out at the plate by Troup center fielder Ken Truit.
Rather than Martin trotting easily home from third as he could have after a successful bunt, that instead made the Dickey the second out, and Inaba struck out to end it.
The disappointing loss leaves Cartersville with just one more regular-season game, Thursday at home against Central, Carrollton for senior night.