While the rest of the Bartow County softball teams playing at home had lightning wipe away their chances at wins Tuesday, Cass weathered the storm, literally, and then blew past Rome. The Colonels …
While the rest of the Bartow County softball teams playing at home had lightning wipe away their chances at wins Tuesday, Cass weathered the storm, literally, and then blew past Rome.
The Colonels scored multiple runs in four of five innings, including four in the fifth to earn a 13-5 win and bring an early halt to the Region 7-AAAAA matchup at Cass.
Despite giving up 12 hits and four walks, the Colonels (8-8, 4-6) managed to limit the Wolves (1-15, 0-10) to just two runs in each of the first and fourth innings, plus a single tally in the fifth. Cass, meanwhile, matched Rome's two first inning runs before pushing across five in the second, two in the fourth and four in the final frame for the walk-off win.
The Wolves had a chance to really come out strong in the top of the first. But they left the bases loaded after pushing across a pair of runs, and the Colonels quickly matched them.
Eryn Lee singled and Rachael Lee doubled to put two runners in scoring position for Ansley Hight. The freshman brought home the first Lee with a groundout, and the second Lee scored on a wild pitch.
Sloppy play by Rome helped gift Cass three runs in the second. The Colonels earned a couple more on Hight's RBI double and Kylee Hembree's run-scoring single, giving the hosts a 7-2 lead.
Five singles in the fourth inning led to the Wolves plating two runs, but yet again, the visitors left the bases loaded and the Colonels got the pair of runs back. Rachael Lee reached on a dropped third strike, and the sophomore came around to score on Hight's triple. Macenzie Dougharty followed with an RBI groundout to restore the five-run edge.
Rome pulled within 9-5 in the top of the fifth, but Cass scored four times in the bottom half with just one out recorded to invoke the run rule.
Hailie Owens opened the frame with a pinch hit walk; Kelly Young singled; and Alexis Woods walked on four straight pitches. Another free pass to Eryn Lee forced home a run before an error allowed the Colonels' 11th run to score. Hight lifted a sacrifice fly to give Cass a dozen runs on the night. A walk to Dougharty reloaded the bags, and Haley Smith was hit by a pitch to push home Lee and end the game.
Hight led the offensive attack, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and four RBIs. Young also had two hits with two runs scored. Rachael Lee wound up 1-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. Eryn Lee also had a 1-for-3 showing with a walk, two runs scored and the same number of runs driven in.
Carrollton 3, Woodland 0
For the second day in a row, Woodland allowed a three-run double with two outs in the first inning and could not climb back out of the hole.
Following Monday's 5-3 defeat to East Paulding, the Wildcats finished up the toughest back-to-back possible in Region 7-AAAAA softball with a 3-0 loss Tuesday at Carrollton.
Bella Carnes had two hits — the one hits the team had — and two steals for the Wildcats (9-7, 6-4). Woodland senior Hope Schultz also limited Carrollton (16-1, 9-0) to two hits, although she did issue four walks.
Woodland will play in a tournament this weekend in Chattanooga. The Wildcats will face top-ranked Gordon Lee on Friday before taking on No. 3 Ringgold and Wesleyan on Saturday.
Canes, Tigers canceled by weather
The Cartersville and Adairsville softball teams were both facing Region 6-AAA foes on Tuesday night. Neither game, though, reached the minimum length needed to consider it official before lightning delays forced cancelations.
The Tigers will try again Wednesday to host No. 1-ranked Calhoun after only completing a half-inning Tuesday. The game, like any that is forced to be called off before becoming official, will start over from the beginning.
Considering the Canes were hosting Coahulla Creek in a non-region tilt, there isn't as much incentive to reschedule. Although, Cartersville head coach Shannon Suarez said her team might look to pick up a game prior to the start of the postseason.