Playing under a shroud of uncertainty while facing imminent suspensions to high school athletics, the Cartersville High baseball team played its last game for what will likely be a long time due to concerns over the coronavirus.
While the game was ongoing, the Cartersville City School System announced two-week closures beginning Monday, which will include suspending all school-related activities.
The Canes were able to get the game in before the announcement, though, but the final result was a 6-0 loss at Carrollton.
Perhaps distracted by what was going on outside the lines, the Canes made six errors in the game, resulting in every Carrollton run being unearned. Three of those runs came in the first inning, another in the second and two more in the sixth.
Cartersville pitching allowed just five baserunners — three hits and two walks — to Carrollton batters in the entire game. Micah Earwood started the game and struck out four in three innings, allowing all three of the Carrollton hits and four unearned runs. Hayden Davidson came on in relief and pitched two perfect frames with two strikeouts. Mason McBee pitched the final two innings for Cartersville and, despite allowing no hits and just two walks, gave up two unearned runs.
Cartersville, for its part, had five hits in the game, including two by Parker McPherson. However, the Canes could not string the hits together and Carrollton didn’t give Cartersville any help with errorless defense.
With the loss, Cartersville is 7-6 on the season, and that will remained unchanged at least through March 29.