Cartersville is in Fort Myers to play four games as part of the Perfect Game tournament, which pits eight teams — four from Georgia and four from Florida — in a showcase of some of the Southeast’s finest high school baseball teams.
Cartersville coach Stuart Chester said the Canes came close but didn’t get the win they wanted. “We let it slip away. It was one of those games where things clicked for three innings but it didn’t for two. You can’t play nationally ranked teams and not be on the top of your game for any inning. We didn’t play our best, but we still had the opportunity to win, and that’s all you can ask.”
Mater Academy had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then tacked on a run in the third to go up 3-0.
Cartersville matched those three runs and did one better in the bottom of the third for a 4-3 lead. Connor Justus hit an RBI double for Cartersville and then scored on a three-run homer by Tripp Jamieson.
The Canes were not through offensively, though, and scored a run in the fourth off an RBI single by Garrett Rutledge. In the fifth, Justus doubled and then scored on a wild pitch, and Jamieson scored on a triple by Ty Fowler as the Canes surged to a 7-3 lead over the Florida team.
Mater Academy got its offense rolling again in the sixth, pushing five big runs across the plate for an 8-7 lead that closed out scoring on the evening.
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