On Monday, Chester, wearing a white knit shirt and brown khakis, was on hand to see his son, David, and two of his ballplayers, Ty Fowler and Austin Adams sign, with the Georgia Highlands Chargers.
On Tuesday, he donned his white-and-purple baseball uniform and watched his Canes defeat North Murray, 14-1, from the visitors dugout.
“Winning like we did tonight, and then watching David, Tyler and Austin take that next step in their baseball careers makes for a good week,” Chester said.
The Canes made quick work of the Mountaineers by sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs in the top of the first. In that same inning, Tripp Jamieson hit two doubles and had three RBIs.
“For us, the playoffs have already begun,” Chester said. “We came out swinging [against North Murray] and I expect to see our team play with thta same intensity against Gordon Central on Thursday.”
By virtue of leading 9-0 after the first and then 12-0 on Drew Lawson’s 3-run home run in the third, the Cartersville coach was able to give 21 of his ballplayers the opportunity to contribute to the team’s 19th win of the season. The Canes are 13-0 in Region 5-AAA.
In the win over the Mountaineers, the Canes used four pitchers who combined for one earned run, four hits and seven strikeouts.
North Murray spoiled Cartersville’s bid for a shutout by scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh.
“You always want to win the game,” Chester said. “At the same time, you always want that shutout as well.”
The Canes did record a 14-0 shutout against Gordon Central at home earlier this month.
Adairsville 11, LF0 9
The Adairsville Tigers continued their improbable turnaround this season by coming back to defeat Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday on the road, 11-9.
“What a wild, crazy game,” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop said. “You give up eight runs in one inning and then you come back with four runs of your own to win it. What a way to win a ballgame.”
The Tigers had taken a 4-0 first inning lead on an error, Hunter Sumter’s RBI single and Zack Sherwood’s 2-run double. Adairsville upped their lead to 5-0 with a single run in the fourth when Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe struck for eight runs of their own in the fifth.
“It was one, crazy inning,” Bishop said. “I think one, maybe two baseballs they hit made it to the outfield.”
Wherever the baseballs were hit, the Tigers were down, 9-5. Adairsville chipped away at the lead with two runs in the sixth.
In the seventh, Washington came through for Adairsville with a one-out, 2-run double with the bases loaded. Kyle Adams followed with a run-scoring single. Collen Bearden’s sacrifice fly completed the comeback.
Adairsville completed its season 11-12 overall, but 7-6 in Region 5B-AAA.