Three Tiger pitchers scattered four hits while allowing an unearned run to win the team’s fourth game in a row and climb back to .500 in region play with a 4-1 defeat of Ringgold on Thursday.
The victory lifted the Tigers into a tie with Sonoraville for third place in Region 5-AAA, behind Cartersville and Ringgold.
Coach Eric Bishop said Adairsville has simply begun playing what he calls “team” baseball, using 14 or 15 different players during the win streak in which the Tigers have clawed their way into the playoff picture.
“It comes down to we won our last two games with two or three starters out with the stomach flu,” he said. “When we’ve had a pitcher or a position player out and we’ve had to plug someone in, we’ve had guys step in and play the role we needed. That’s the thing I’m most proud of.”
Bishop said right now he believes Adairsville could finish anywhere from third or fourth to somewhere out of the playoffs depending on how it does in its final two region games.
He said should the Tigers win both games, they would make the playoffs and take the guesswork out of the season’s conclusion.
Adairsville 4, Ringgold 1
The Tigers pounded out nine hits and scored four earned runs against Ringgold.
Adairsville took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on three more in the sixth inning. Ringgold scored its sole run in the top of the seventh frame.
Among the Tiger hitters were Tyler Washington, 2-of-3, one RBI; Casey McCrory, 2-of-3 with two doubles, one run and an RBI; Kyle Adams, 1-of-3; Tristin Smith, 1-of-2 with a double and a run; Zach Sherwood, 1-of-2, a run; and Hunter Smith, 1-of-2, an RBI, a run; and Dylan Cochran, 1-of-3 with a double and an RBI.
Dalton Whitten was the winning pitcher, giving up no runs with 2 2/3 innings of work.
Kyle Adams pitched 1 1/3 innings, and Hunter Smith threw three innings and allowed one run, unearned. The three pitchers combined to strike out five and walk seven.
Adairsville is 10-12 overall and 6-6 in Region 5-AAA.
The Tigers next play when they visit Coahulla Creek today in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
Ringgold fell to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in region play.
It next plays today when it hosts Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in a game scheduled to start at 5:55 p.m.
Canes 6, Sonoraville 2
Cartersville won its fifth game in a row on senior night by defeating Sonoraville, 6-2, Thursday night in high school baseball.
All 14 seniors on the team got to play in the game against the Phoenix, either on defense or with an at-bat.
Senior Hayes Linn led the way for the Canes, striking out five while working five innings.
Hunter Osborn pitched the game’s final two innings, striking out one.
The Canes trailed briefly in the contest when Sonoraville scored a run in the top of the third.
Cartersville answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, to seize a 2-1 lead.
The Canes added three runs and a run in the sixth for a 6-1 lead.
The Phoenix finished scoring in the seventh inning, closing to 6-2.
Among the Cartersville hitters were Drew Lawson, an RBI single; Tripp Jamieson, an RBI double; and Linn, an RBI single.
Also collecting hits were Connor Justus, Austin Adams, Ty Fowler and Alex Chastain.
All those hitters are seniors on the team, which has already clinched a Region 5-AAA regular season championship.
The win brought to 12-0 the Purple Hurricanes’ record in the region. They are 18-6 overall.
Cartersville next plays today when it visits Gordon Central in a game scheduled to start at 5:55 p.m.
Sonoraville is now 11-10 overall with a 6-6 record in region play.
The Phoenix next play North Murray today in a game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.