The Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department’s 12U baseball team won the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 Major Division championship Monday night in Rome by defeating Gordon County, 12-11.
The win for Cartersville was its fourth straight in the tournament after losing its opening game in the double-elimination event last Tuesday.
In Monday night’s winner-take-all championship game, Cartersville took a 9-2 lead into the fourth inning, but Gordon County outscored the locals 8-1 in the next two frames to send the game into extra innings.
The California tiebreaker rule was utilized in the extra frame with each half-inning beginning with a runner placed at second base.
Gordon County scored a run in the top of the seventh to take an 11-10 lead, but Cartersville answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off title victory.
Lee Camp, Adam Cornwell and Luke Altizer all had key singles for Cartersville in the decisive frame.
Brett Goode (3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K) picked up the pitching win for Cartersville by working the final three innings. Hunter Shirley (1.2 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K) and Cornwell (2.1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K) also pitched for the locals.
Cartersville out hit Gordon County 15 to six in the contest as five different players had a multi-hit game.
Altizer paced Cartersville with three hits, including a double and the walk-off RBI single in the seventh. Drew Perry had a pair of hits that included a double and three RBI. Camp and Cornwell had two hits and two RBI each.
Charlie Crum also added two hits and one RBI. Davis Wilkey contributed a hit and two RBI. Eli Jones, Collin Genrich and Trevor Harris collected one hit apiece.
Cartersville was also productive on the base paths, swiping 11 bases. Harris had three stolen bases; Cornwell and Camp had two each; and Crum, Altizer, Perry and Jones all swiped one base apiece.
Following their opening-round 5-3 loss to Calhoun last Tuesday, Cartersville battled back through the double-elimination tournament’s losers’ bracket to win four straight games.
Cartersville defeated Rome, Calhoun and Gordon County twice to capture the title.
The GRPA 12U Major State Tournament begins Tuesday, July 10, at E.B. Hamilton Complex in Tifton. Cartersville will play East Point in the opening round. The double-elimination tournament will continue through July 13.
Other teams in the state tournament include Grady County, Clayton County Braves, Savannah, Tift County and Clayton County Pirates.
Bartow 10U wins GRPA Division 5 title
The Bartow County Parks & Recreation Department 10U baseball team captured the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 championship Monday night in Calhoun with a 4-1 victory over host Calhoun.
Calhoun took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held that advantage until Bartow struck for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Rush Faulk, Drew Nida and Noah Janssen all walked to load the bases in Bartow’s fifth. Graham Coheley followed with a base hit, Luke Hight then walked and Jaden Daise added another key hit in the decisive inning.
Drazen Jones closed out the sixth inning on the mound for Bartow by striking out the side to secure the three-run victory and the championship.
Bartow was 4-0 in winning the District title with victories over Gordon County, Calhoun, Rome and Calhoun again in the finals.
Bartow 10U advances to the GRPA State Tournament that begins Tuesday, July 10, at the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex in Bainbridge. Bartow will square off against District 4 winner Clayton County in the first round. The double-elimination event continues through July 13.
Other teams represented at the GRPA State Tournament include host Bainbridge, Dublin-Laurens, Burke County, South Bryan, East Point and Worth County.
Cartersville Little League 12U wins District 1 championship
Cartersville Little League 12U captured the Georgia Little League District 1 championship Wednesday, June 27, cruising to a 16-1 victory over Rockmart Little League at Hamilton Crossing Park.
Cartersville went unbeaten in three games during the three-team, double-elimination tournament and advances to the Georgia Little League State Tournament that begins July 14 at Smyrna Little League.
Following a scoreless first inning Wednesday night, Cartersville scored seven runs in the second, five in the third, and four more times in the top of the fourth inning to close out their win in only four innings.
Rockmart scored its only run in the third inning.
Miles Owen (4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 10 K) pitched all four frames for Cartersville to pick up the win. He needed only 57 pitches (41 for strikes) and fanned 10 of the 18 batters he faced.
Connor Brasfield put Cartersville on the scoreboard with a leadoff home run in the second. The locals then took advantage of three walks, a pair of singles, a double and an error to bat around and post six more runs in the frame.
Three more singles, a hit batsman and a walk in the third inning led to five Cartersville runs. They put four hits and a sacrifice fly together in the fourth inning to reach their 16-run total.
Four Cartersville hitters had two hits each. Owen had two hits and two RBI. Brasfield had an RBI single to go with his solo home run. Connor Stermer had two hits including a double and one RBI. Turner Abernathy also contributed a pair of hits.
Aiden Ray finished with a double and three RBI. Caleb Daniel added two RBI and one hit. Geoffrey Gore had one hit and one RBI. Grant Knight added a hit and Sawyer Wilson drove in one run for Cartersville.
Bartow 12U softball falls in GRPA District 5 finals
The Bartow County 12U softball all-stars finished runner-up in the GRPA District 5 Tournament hosted by Rome/Floyd County Parks and Recreation.
After falling to Murray County on Saturday, Bartow needed to win against Whitfield County to ensure a rematch.
Bartow benefited from several walks by Whitfield pitchers en route to a commanding 14-1 victory, in three innings.
Chelsea Bates got the win in the circle for Bartow allowing one run on three hits, walking one and recording four strikeouts.
Bates, Chacy Gosselin and Kelsey Gleason had hits for Bartow.
In the rematch with Murray, Bartow jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but they could not push anymore runs across.
Murray scored in every frame and defeated Bartow 11-3 in five innings.
Bates took the loss in the circle, allowing 11 runs on seven hits with six walks and five strikeouts.
Hayley Dillow led Bartow at the plate with two hits. Bates, Heather Gilbert, Gosselin, Gleason and Savannah Mayfield each recored one hit.
Bartow now turns its attention to Little League Softball Tournament play beginning this Saturday at Hamilton Crossing Park.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.