Cartersville will be advancing to the second round for the first time in program history with a 10-2 victory in six innings, while Woodlands season came to an end as the Lady Wildcats lost 13-0 at Creekview High.
Lady Canes accomplish history
Cartersville came from behind Wednesday to force a third and final game Friday. The Lady Canes completed that comeback at East Hall thanks to a big offensive first inning.
East Hall scored two in the first inning, but Cartersville scored seven runs of their own in the first. After Kailah Rain walked to lead off, Mallory Jackson doubled to move Rain to third. Rain then scored on a passed ball.
Annalyn Yantis and Maddie Geiger followed suit with doubles, scoring three runs between the two. Mallory Howard and Molly Wilson then walked, setting the table for a Hunter Irvin double to score two more runs. Rain then came up and singled to score the seventh run of the inning.
Cartersville would strike again in the fifth inning thanks to two singles by Yantis and Geiger. Annie Holsomback then got down a bunt to move each runner into scoring position. Savannah Summers then delivered in the clutch with a single to score both base runners and give the Lady Canes a 9-2 lead.
The Lady Canes would walk off in the sixth thanks to the eight-run rule and three singles by Kennedy Bailey, Yantis and Geiger. Holsomback walked with the bases loaded to walk off with the 10-2 win and a berth in the second round.
Yantis, after allowing two runs in the first inning, shut down East Hall the rest of the way from the pitcher’s circle.
Cartersville will face Oconee on Wednesday in a doubleheader at home.
Woodland’s season comes to a close
The Lady Wildcats were able to make the state playoffs and force a third game in the first round.
However, that would be as far as Woodland would go this season as the team lost at Creekview High on Friday, 13-0.
Woodland was unable to produce any run support on offense.
In the pitcher’s circle, Brooke Rogers was pitching her third game in as many days and was only able to hold down a talented Creekview offense for so long.
Creekview scored one run in the first inning, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Grizzlies broke it open in the seventh inning with a 10-run outburst to put Woodland away.
The Wildcats went 16-17 this year, finishing fourth in Region 5-AAAAA.