The Cartersville High baseball team opened the season against the No. 4-ranked team in Class 7A on Thursday, and the Canes’ bats needed no time to get warmed up.
Cartersville scored six runs in the first two innings and another five in the fourth inning, finishing the game with a 12-4 win against Etowah at LakePoint.
With a lineup full of new faces, every player in the starting lineup reached base, eight with at least one hit.
Meanwhile, on the mound, none of the runs Cartersville allowed in the game to Etowah were earned. Micah Earwood started and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts; Silas Freeman pitched 1 2/3, allowing three unearned runs on one hit with four strikeouts; and Davis Williams pitched the final two frames, allowing no baserunners with three strikeouts.
While bats are usually behind pitching in the early portion of the season, Cartersville had no trouble at the plate in this game, scoring two runs in the first inning on a Chandler Tromza triple.
The Canes scored four more in the second on a Drew Rothschild triple that scored two, a Josh Davis triple that scored another and a Parker McPherson double that made the game 6-0 after just an inning and a third.
Etowah got one run back in the bottom of the second, but the Canes put up five runs in the top of the fourth to take an 11-1 advantage. Alan Thacker and Ben Williams each had RBI singles in the frame, and four walks and an Etowah error helped with the rest of the damage.
The game was pretty much out of reach at that point, but a string of four consecutive walks to Cartersville batters in the fifth tacked on another run to make the score 12-1 in the top of the fifth.
The final runs of the game came on a three-run homer by Etowah’s Carson Kirby in the bottom of the fifth after a Cartersville error extended the frame, giving the game its final score of 12-4.
Davis went 2-for-3 in the game with a walk and three runs scored, and McPherson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI, among the many standouts for the Canes in the game.
The Canes will return to action Saturday for a home doubleheader against Forsyth Central and Rockmart.