Cartersville only had six hits, but the Canes managed to score seven runs — five unearned — due to Sandy Creek errors in a 7-3 home win Thursday evening.
The Canes got started in the bottom of the second inning, loading the bases with nobody out against the Region 5-AAAA visitors. Anna Kate McElhaney, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a passed ball. Hope Short, who also singled, and Cio Seigler, who walked, came home on the first costly error for the Patriots.
Kiley Arnold later scored on Ava Perkins' groundout for a 4-0 edge. Perkins managed to keep Sandy Creek (9-11, 0-9) off the scoreboard until Cartersville (10-9, 5-4) had already extended its lead to 5-0, when Lauren McElhaney scored on another defensive miscue in the third.
After four innings with no hits, the Patriots finally started to put the ball in play. Four singles in the frame, plus an error by the Canes, saw the gap close to within 5-3.
Arnold took over in the circle in the sixth and immediately worked herself into a jam. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with just one out. But Arnold coaxed a pair of fielder's choice groundouts to maintain the two-run advantage.
In the home half of the inning, Arnold scored on Elizabeth Nelson's single before Campbell Rogers drove home Mikey Lewis with an RBI groundout to set the final margin.
Nelson and Lauren McElhaney each went 2-for-4. The former had one RBI, and the latter scored once. Anna Kate McElhaney singled, walked and was hit by a pitch, while also scoring one run.
Arnold had no hits but totaled two runs scored. In the circle, she gave up one hit and two walks in two innings. The freshman struck out two. Perkins, another freshman, struck out six, while allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks across five frames.
Cartersville now sits in a three-way tie for third place in the region with Chapel Hill and Cedartown. The Canes are just a half-game back of LaGrange, which they host Saturday in a huge doubleheader.
Cass 7, Kell 3
Alexis Woods has put together a remarkable freshman season for Cass already. The dynamic leadoff hitter, though, might have had her best performance to date in a 7-3 home win over Kell on Thursday.
Woods racked up three doubles, finishing 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the massive Region 7-AAAAA tilt. Thanks in large part to Woods' contribution, Cass (9-8, 5-6) has swept the season series from Kell (9-10, 4-7) and has received a huge boost in its push for a high seed in the region tournament.
The bottom of the first began with a Woods double to set the tone. She stole third before scoring on Rachael Lee's single. Lee's courtesy runner, Haylee Dishmon later made it a 2-0 game, when she came home on Kylee Hembree's RBI single.
The Longhorns pushed across a run in the top of the second, but Woods doubled home Kaila Carson in the bottom half of the frame to restore the two-run advantage.
Cass tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning. Kimberly Allen singled and scored on Woods' third two-bagger of the night. Kelly Young, who reached on an error, came in as Lee grounded out to shortstop. Woods later crossed the plate on Ansley Hight's double to put the Colonels up 6-2.
Woods capped her fantastic outing with a run-scoring single in the fifth to plate Young, following the sophomore's two-out triple.
Kell inched closer with a run in the sixth inning, but Lee finished off her solid complete-game effort to keep the Longhorns at bay. The sophomore scattered eight hits and one walk, while striking out a pair. She also drove in two runs.
Hembree finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Seven different Colonels ended up with one hit apiece.
Next for Cass will be the SCORE Invitational this weekend in Chattanooga. Per MaxPreps, the Colonels are scheduled to play South Effingham Friday before facing St. Pius X and Calhoun on Saturday.
LFO 5, Adairsville 3
Adairsville's chances of finishing in the upper half of the Region 6-AAA standings took a hit Thursday, when the Tigers fell to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe by a 5-3 score at home.
The Warriors (9-9, 2-3) led the entire game, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. LFO pushed across three huge runs in the fourth inning before tacking on a single tally in the sixth.
Facing a 5-0 deficit, Adairsville (6-11, 3-3) put together a three-run bottom of the sixth inning. Alexa Varner, the team's lone senior, walked, stole second and scored on an error. Taylor Fortenberry scored the Tigers' second run on another defensive miscues before Victoria O'Neal singled home Sadye Johnson.
That was all Adairsville could muster, though.
Johnson led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 display and a run scored. Varner wound up 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. O'Neal, Taylor Rhoades and Makayla Wade had one hit each.
O'Neal allowed four runs over three innings. Rhoades gave up just one run over the final four frames.
Adairsville will have a week to prepare for a trip next Thursday to Sonoraville. The Tigers will then end the region schedule on Sept. 24 at Coahulla Creek.