Cartersville 5, LFO 0
After a brutally tough region schedule that saw the team go 2-7, the Cartersville baseball team was finally able to begin region play Tuesday.
The Canes got off to a strong start Tuesday with their 5-0 win at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe thanks to a strong overall performance by Destin Herron.
“In high school sports, your region games are the ones that get you to the playoffs, so we just have to look at it as we played great competition early,” Cartersville assistant coach Kyle Tucker said. “It’s a chance to start over and hopefully we can kind of get it going.”
Herron had it going early in the game as he started for Cartersville and threw five innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. He also hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning and a two-run home run in the sixth.
“Destin Herron was the star of the game,” Tucker said. “He had a great night pitching and hitting.”
Herron’s double in the first inning drove in one of two runs the Canes would score in the frame. Christian Demastus drove in the other with a single.
Along with Herron’s sixth-inning homer, Brent Arnold hit a solo shot earlier in the inning.
Hunter Osborn then closed the game out with two perfect innings, which included two strikeouts.
“The region games, it doesn’t matter who you play, a lot of them are battles,” Tucker said of the game. “I think we play 14 region games and every one is very, very important, so we’re happy to be back in the region and get that part of the season going.”
Cass 2, Gilmer 0
The Colonels have been scuffling as of late after losing their last four games.
However, as it pertains to playoff positioning, Cass’ 2-0 region victory at Gilmer Tuesday is the most important game of the season so far.
“I think there was a point where the coaches and I were more confident then the players,” Cass head coach Adam Williams said of his team’s losing streak. “We’re going to be fine. Nobody here is going to panic.”
Cass was able to get back on the winning track thanks to a shutout performance by pitcher Noah Sims. Sims pitched 6 1/3 innings before handing the ball over to Chris Hill, who earned the final two outs and the save.
“[Sims] threw really well,” Williams said. “He pitched ahead in the count, he finished innings and did what he had to do.”
The Colonels scored both of their runs in the fourth inning when Bailey Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run with the bases loaded.
Jesse Simpson then reached on an error, scoring an insurance run.
Cass is now 3-7 overall but 1-1 in region and will take on Gilmer again Thursday, this time at home at 5:55 p.m.