The Cartersville softball team began the 2020 season on a winning note, scoring twice in the top of the seventh to edge Denmark, 8-6, in a back-and-forth game Friday evening in Forsyth …
The Cartersville softball team began the 2020 season on a winning note, scoring twice in the top of the seventh to edge Denmark, 8-6, in a back-and-forth game Friday evening in Forsyth County.
However, the second game of the season-opening doubleheader was called off due to inclement weather.
The visiting Canes scored two runs apiece in each of the first two innings. The Danes, who moved up to Class 7A from 4A this season, countered with three runs in the first and one in the second to level the score.
Denmark took a narrow 5-4 lead in the third only to see Cartersville rally for a pair of runs in the fourth. A single tally in the home half of the frame pulled the Danes level once more.
But the Canes had the final say, pushing across the go-ahead run on an error and an insurance run on a wild pitch.
Cartersville sophomore McKinley Chada retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to close out her masterful performance. Coming on in relief in the second inning, Chada allowed two unearned runs on one hit with no walks and four strikeouts.
Both defenses did their part in adding to the excitement. While pitchers held each side to five hits, the defenses piled up four errors apiece.
Anna Kate McElhaney led the Canes offense, tallying two hits and three RBIs. Campbell Rogers went 1-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Emery Jenkins finished 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Kiley Arnold didn't have a hit, but she did walk three times and scored once.
Cartersville was off to a fast start in the second game of the doubleheader before the weather got in the way. In the top of the first, Rogers led off the game with a solo home run, and freshman Amelia Elrod, who drove in a run in the opener, hit a two-run homer.
While those dingers won't count in the official season stats, the Canes will take the win and try to carry the momentum into Tuesday's home opener against former region rival Cedartown.