Canes, Tigers take on top teams in region
by Jason Greenberg
Apr 15, 2014 | 618 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week of Bartow baseball will be the most significant week of the regular season, as all four county teams have important games with playoff ramifications.

In Region 5-AAA, Adairsville and Cartersville each play Ringgold and Sonoraville, two of the top three teams in the region

In Region 7-AAAA, Cass plays Cedartown, the team directly ahead of the Colonels in the region standings, in a three-game series.

Meanwhile, Woodland has three region games scheduled for the week, providing the team an opportunity to make up ground with the Wildcats currently sitting in ninth place in Region 5-AAA.

The game carrying the most playoff significance comes today with Cartersville visiting Ringgold. The two teams are tied atop the region standings at 9-1. Cartersville defeated Ringgold on March 21 by a score of 4-0. Whoever wins the game will be in the driver’s seat for the regular season region crown with three region games remaining.

Cartersville then takes on Sonoraville Thursday. Sonoraville currently sits one game behind Cartersville and Ringgold in the standings and defeated Cartersville earlier in the season, 3-1.

The Canes’ pitching staff continues to be the strength of their team as they have allowed just two runs in their last five region games.

At the plate, senior shortstop Clifton Dempsey has gone 8-for-19 with a .500 on-base percentage in region play since being moved to the leadoff spot after Cartersville’s loss to Sonoraville. He also has seven RBIs and six runs scored in that span.

Like Cartersville, Adairsville plays Sonoraville and Ringgold, but in reverse order. The Tigers face Sonoraville today at home and host Ringgold Thursday.

Adairsville sits at 5-5 in region play, tied alongside North Murray for fourth place.

The Tigers are playing well entering the week, especially their pitching staff, winning four of their last five games and allowing an average of about two runs per game during that span.

If they can steal a game from either of their opponents this week, the team will put themselves in an excellent position heading into the final week of the season.

Cass also has pitched well recently and sits at 5-4 in region play.

Senior outfielder and pitcher Brandon Etheridge has helped boost the pitching staff since becoming eligible on April 1. He has pitched 11 innings and allowed just three earned runs while striking out 10. His six-inning, one-run performance Friday helped Cass steal a game in the three-game set against first-place River Ridge last week.

The Colonels will have to sweep Cedartown to pass them in the standings for second place in the sub-region standings. The series begins today at Cass High at 5:55 p.m.

Woodland also will have to have a strong week to move up the standings. The Wildcats are sitting at 4-10 in region play, but are coming off a win against Hiram, who is three spots ahead of Woodland in the region standings.

The Wildcats begin a three-game week today at North Paulding, which is in second place in the standings. They then host Lithia Spring Thursday, which is just 2-10 in region play. The final game of the week is Friday at East Paulding. East Paulding is 10-4 in the region.

Senior outfielder Mason Robinson was vital in the team’s win Friday against Hiram with three hits and four RBIs. He has posted 10 hits and 10 RBIs in the team’s last five games.