Adairsville's O'Neal, Rhoades throw combined no-hitter in rout

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Posted 8/14/20

Adairsville senior pitchers Victoria O'Neal and Taylor Rhoades tossed a combined no-hitter Thursday in a 13-1, four-inning home rout of North Murray in Region 6-AAA play. O'Neal threw the first two …

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Adairsville's O'Neal, Rhoades throw combined no-hitter in rout

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Adairsville senior pitchers Victoria O'Neal and Taylor Rhoades tossed a combined no-hitter Thursday in a 13-1, four-inning home rout of North Murray in Region 6-AAA play.

O'Neal threw the first two innings and struck out five. Rhoades went the final two frames, allowing one unearned run with three Ks. Each pitcher walked one batter, and two errors in the fourth helped push across the visitors' only run.

Although they've missed out on shutouts, it's the third time in four games the Tigers (3-1, 1-1) have limited an opponent to exactly one run, having also held Model and Armuchee to a single tally each. All three of those instances have come at home.

Thursday's victory sees Adairsville bounce back strongly from its lone defeat — an 8-0 road loss to 2019 Class 3A state champ Ringgold in the region opener Tuesday.

Offensively, Sadye Johnson, who finished 2-for-3, and Rhoades each had two-run doubles in the bottom of the first inning. The hits were sandwiched around a key error that allowed the Tigers' third run to score.

Adairsville turned a healthy 5-0 advantage into a 12-0 blowout in the second. McKenzie Pullam had a two-RBI hit in the inning. Rhoades and Alyssa Jarrett both grounded into run-scoring fielder's choice plays. Chloe Souders and Jenna Young each drove in runs on groundouts.

An error allowed the Tigers to tack on a run in the bottom of the third before the team managed to close out the run-rule victory in the fourth.

Next up for Adairsville is a pair of games Saturday morning at Heritage Park in Dalton. The Tigers will face Christian Heritage at 9 a.m., and Adairsville will turn right back around at approximately 10:45 to play Southeast Whitfield.