Two unearned runs prove crucial in Cartersville softball’s one-run loss

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In a 4-3 ballgame, two unearned runs were the difference as the Cartersville softball team lost Tuesday at Chapel Hill.

The Lady Canes made four errors in the ballgame, two in a two-run second inning for Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill tacked on another run in the third on a solo home run, and another in the fourth.

The Lady Canes would rally to make it a close game by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Paris Poston led off with a single, followed by a fielder’s choice in which everyone was safe. A sacrifice bunt by Lauren McElhaney that led to an error then loaded the bases with no outs. Consecutive RBI groundouts by Presley Edwards and Cio Seigler followed, setting the stage for a two-out RBI single by Madison McKinney to tie the score at 3-apiece.

Chapel Hill’s run in the bottom of the that inning would prove crucial, as the Lady Canes were unable to earn a baserunner for the remainder of the game.

Cartersville (12-10, 4-6) has now lost seven games by one run or in extra innings. Tuesday’s loss breaks up a seven-game win streak.

In the circle, Hannah Todd had another strong performance, allowing just two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings.

At the plate, Molly Wilson, Poston, Todd, McKinney and Tara Mathis all had hits for the Lady Canes.

Chapel Hill came into the game tied in the loss column for first in Region 5-AAAA. Cartersville came into the contest in fourth place, which is the final spot to secure homefield advantage in the region tournament. The Lady Canes will need to take just one game of their doubleheader with LaGrange Saturday to clinch that No. 4 spot.