The Canes got precisely that Thursday with their 14-1 win over Coahulla Creek to remain in a three-way tie for first place in Region 5-AAA.
“We needed that,” Cartersville assistant coach Kyle Tucker said. “We’ve had some games where we’ve just hit a wall offensively. Today we got hits, we got guys on base and we ran the bases well.
“Every region win is big. With today’s technology, people can look at the standings and see we’re tied at the top with Sonoraville and Ringgold. We don’t have any room for error. We’re just trying to keep pace every day.”
The offense was led by Clifton Dempsey, Brent Arnold, Riley Richards and Mark Quattlebaum, who each had two hits in the game.
Out of the leadoff spot, Dempsey hit a double, scored four runs, drove in three more and walked once.
Quattlebaum went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Also joining the hit parade, sophomore Elliott Anderson connected on his first career home run in the third inning and drove in three runs in the game.
“He’s just a 10th-grader, but he’s a big, athletic kid,” Tucker said of Anderson. “I’ve just been waiting to see him get a fastball and turn on one and that’s what he did tonight, hit a fastball over the right center field wall.”
In total, nine Cartersville batters recorded hits and 12 Canes reached base at least once.
On the mound, Lane Wilson started for Cartersville and pitched four innings, allowed one unearned run and struck out two.
Jack Mayo then came on in relief and pitched two innings, struck out three and allowed just one hit.
Cartersville’s pitching staff has now allowed just two runs in the team’s last five region games.
Thursday’s victory was Cartersville’s second of the season against Coahulla Creek after defeating the Colts 4-1 back on March 21.
Cartersville, now 8-1 in region play, will host Adairsville in the team’s next game today at 5:55 p.m.
River Ridge 3, Cass 0
Both the River Ridge and Cass baseball teams produced four hits Thursday night,
However, mistakes in the field led to two unearned runs and helped River Ridge defeat the visiting Colonels 3-0 in region play.
“Too many unearned runs. We have to play better,” Cass head coach Adam Williams said. “They threw their ace on us. He did a good job. He kept us off balance all night. Ben Kapito threw for us. He only gave up four hits. He matched them pitch for pitch.
“We just have to play better and not make mental mistakes. The game of baseball is a great game but it’s one that, if you let up on one play, it can come back to haunt you.”
Brandon Etheridge produced two hits for Cass. Sam Russell and Alex Yauslin accounted for the other two.
Cass is now 4-4 in region play and will look to salvage a game in the three-game series today at home.