The Canes mixed strong pitching with good defensive play to take their fourth region win against no losses in a contest that was marked by frigid temperatures with some bone-chilling winds and snatches of snow.
Coach Stuart Chester said there’s no question a win helps the players feel better but there’s no real substitute for spring-like weather.
“We’ve got to get some type of consistency in our play and the weather is not helping that,” he said. “Of course we’re not any different than any other team in Northwest Georgia.”
The Purple Hurricanes scored a pair of runs in the first, second and sixth inning and defeated cross-county rival Adairsville, 6-1, at Richard Bell Field.
Cartersville, which had started this season off 1-3 by after tackling an exclusive diet of upper division foes, has feasted since a March 4 loss to Parkview, including four region opponents and teams from higher classifications on that diet.
Chester said the weather has proven a challenge across the board for baseball teams.
“I couldn’t remember the last time we’ve had time off, so we took a day Sunday,” he said. “We had been 33 straights days working.”
Chester said Northwest Georgia teams are approaching the “meat” of their region schedules.
“We’ve got to get some decent weather and get some consistency in our play,” he said.
He said his staff has tried to find creative ways to continue practice to address the team’s needs.
“We are looking for ways to keep an edge and not take any steps backward. It’s brutally cold and you try to find ways to get the things you need to do done.
“But I’m glad this game is over and maybe we’ll start seeing some warmer days.”
With Tuesday’s win, Cartersville now has an 8-3 overall record and is 4-0 in Region 5B-AAA.
Cartersville scored the game’s first six runs and Adairsville crossed home plate in the seventh inning.
Doing the offensive damage for Cartersville were JoJo Underwood, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Tripp Jamieson, 1-for-1 with a double and a sacrifice fly, one RBI; Hayes Linn, an RBI-double in the second inning; Austin Adams, drove in a run while grounding out in the first inning.
Garrett Rutledge pitched five innings for Cartersville and allowed no runs while striking out one to pick up the victory. Hunter Osborn struck out two while pitching the final two innings and allowing an unearned run.
Next up for Cartersville is perennial state power Ringgold.
The Canes visit the Tigers, who are 9-5 overall, 2-1 in the region, in a game slated for a 5:55 p.m. start.