Canes power past Tigers
by Andrew Adler
Mar 22, 2013 | 1162 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville and Adairsville were originally scheduled to play Monday, but heavy rains and the sound of sirens forced its cancellation. Thus, the game was rescheduled for Saturday. That date, however, came into question after both Canes’ coach Stuart Chester and Adairsville’s coach Eric Bishop realized that rain was in the forecast that day.

“We starting talking about when could we get the game in while we were both riding the bus,” Bishop said.

Chester was on the team bus heading to Lake-Fort Oglethorpe, while the Tigers’ coach was on his team bus heading to North Murray when they decided to try for Thursday.

“This has been the coldest, wettest season we’ve endured for as long as I have been coaching,” said Chester, as he stood near the visitors dugout. “I’m just glad we were able finally get this game in.”

He we also pleased that the Canes were able to deal with the week’s uncertainties and defeat Adairsville, 14-4, on a cold Thursday evening.

“We have been fortunate the past five games to find a rhythm that has allowed us to score a lot of runs, and keep the other team off the basepath,” Chester said.

During its current five-game winning streak, the Canes have outscored their opposition, 40-7.

The 14 runs scored against the Tigers marked the most runs the Canes have scored this season.

“We didn’t play that bad of a ballgame today, yet we still lost by a wide margin,” Bishop said. “All you can do is tip your cap to coach Chester and his team.”

A two-run scoring single by Connor Justus with the bases loaded followed by Tripp Jamieson’s three-run home run were the two big blows in Cartersville’s second inning.

Adairsville came back with a single run in the bottom of the second inning, before Cartersville broke the game wide open in the top of the third.

Austin Adams’ home run with one out ignited Cartersville’s five-run scoring outburst.

To Adairville’s credit, the Tigers’ cut into Cartersville’s 11-1 lead with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third.

‘I know there a tendency for a team that has a lead to relax, but its hats off coach Bishop and Adairsville for coming back like they did.

Cartersville’s 11-4 lead stayed that way until Hayes Linn’s three-run home in the bottom of the seventh closed out the scoring.

Weather-permitting, the Tigers are on the road tonight when they play Gordon Central. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Cass 13, Gilmer 7

Starting pitcher Brandon Etheridge struck out 11, and received run-scoring support from Dylan Williams, Hunter Bennett and Chas Wilson the Colonels’ 13-7 win.

Williams drove in three runs on two hits, and Bennett and Wilson had two RBIs on two hits. Noah Sims picked up the save.