The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes took out their frustrations on Central, Carrollton Thursday in a 10-4 win on senior night at Richard Bell Field.
The Canes, held to just five combined runs in their last three games as they went 1-2 in crucial region tilts against Cedartown, LaGrange and Troup County, closed out their regular season by bashing Central with a five-run second and cruising from there.
It was a balanced attack, as seven Canes had at least one hit. Anthony Seigler and Devin Warner each had two, and Seigler, Warner and Hunter James each added two RBIs.
Mason Barnett, J.P. Martin and Jake Gooch combined to hold the Lions to just four hits, with the one run allowed by Martin and the two by Gooch all unearned.
Barnett struck out five in two innings to start the game and Gooch closed it with similar firepower, striking out four in his two innings to end it.
The big hit in the second was Warner’s two-run single to make it 5-1, after Chandler Tromza’s walk, Seigler’s single and Noah Daniel’s groundout had already brought home three runs.
James singled home two in the third, and the Canes capped their scoring in the fifth on RBI doubles from Preston Welchel and Martin and Seigler’s second RBI single of the game.
The Canes finished their regular season 22-8, 8-4 in Region 5-AAAA, good for a third-place tie with Cedartown in perhaps the most competitive region in the state.
They did not get the benefit of the tiebreaker, though. As a result, the Canes will be the 4 seed in the state tournament.
Their opponent in the first round is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A, Blessed Trinity, on April 28.