That strategy proved effective Monday at Carrollton as Lane Wilson and Destin Herron each threw shutout innings on the mound and drove in runs to contribute to Cartersville’s 8-0 victory.
“[Carrollton is] a AAAA team and they go deep in the playoffs every year. They used to be a big region rival for us,” Cartersville assistant coach Kyle Tucker said. “They’re a good team and, just to go win the first game, it’s big.”
Micah Smith pitched for the second game in a row and contributed to the shutout victory.
Cartersville had 11 hits in the game, including an RBI double by Wilson and a two-RBI day for Herron.
Elliot Anderson contributed with two hits in the game, driving in three Cartersville base runners.
The Canes jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead on Carrollton as they capitalized on four walks and one hit.
Cartersville then scored two runs in the third inning on four hits and added an insurance run in each the fourth and fifth inning.
Cartersville will continue to try and navigate through its competitive non-region schedule Thursday when the Canes travel to LaGrange for four games in three days.