Canes split, Wildcats fall twice in Buccaneer Bash

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Posted 8/30/20

Players, coaches and supporters of Campbell softball will be more than happy to not face Bartow County teams for quite some time.After giving up a 10-run inning to Woodland in a 13-3 loss Friday, the …

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Canes split, Wildcats fall twice in Buccaneer Bash

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Players, coaches and supporters of Campbell softball will be more than happy to not face Bartow County teams for quite some time.

After giving up a 10-run inning to Woodland in a 13-3 loss Friday, the Spartans dropped a similar game to Cartersville Saturday in Buccaneer Bash action at East Paulding. In Saturday's contest, the Canes broke a 5-5 tie with an eight-run bottom of the fourth to earn the victory.

Immediately after Campbell hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the top half of the inning, Cartersville went to work on regaining the lead. And they were quite successful, as all 11 batters in the inning reached safely to give the Canes eight runs without recording an out before the game ended early due to a time limit.

An error and a hit batsman sandwiched around a Mattie Johnson double loaded the bases with nobody out in the decisive frame. Another error broke the tie before Anna Kate McElhaney's two-run double widened the gap.

Amelia Elrod provided an RBI hit, and Ava Perkins singled to reload the bases. Four consecutive walks pushed across runs to give the game its 13-5 final score.

McElhaney and Perkins each finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. The former drove in four, and the latter plated a pair.  Johnson went 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Mikey Lewis didn't have a hit but scored three times and drove in a run.

In the circle, Kiley Arnold pitched all four innings for Cartersville, striking out three, walking none and allowing seven hits.

Despite the strong finish to the win, the Canes couldn't carry the offensive momentum into their second game of the day. A solid pitching display by McKinley Chada wasn't enough to avoid a 4-0 loss to host East Paulding.

McElhaney went 2-for-3; Perkins had the team's only other hit; and Johnson drew the lone walk in the loss.

Next week, Cartersville (3-11) has a tough Region 7-AAAAA schedule, with a road doubleheader Tuesday at Woodland and an away trip Thursday to Calhoun.

Woodland drops pair

Woodland went 2-0 Friday with a pair of run-rule victories in the Buccaneer Bash tournament. But the Wildcats finished 0-2 Saturday in the event after dropping a pair of high-scoring games to Creekview (11-8) and Harrison (11-7).

Despite having similar final scores, Saturday's contest played out in nearly opposite fashions. Against Creekview, Woodland fell behind 7-0 only to rally back and twice tie the game before coming up short. In the second, the Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 advantage just to see the Hoyas earn a come-from-behind win.

Sisters Lainey and Kailey Baker both homered in the Creekview defeat. Lainey Baker finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Morgan Cooper also had a pair of hits, and Michiah Hicks drove in a pair. Woodland managed 10 hits in the game.

The Grizzlies posted four runs in the first inning and three in the third to seemingly take control. However, the Wildcats tied the game with a seven-run fourth inning. The sides exchanged runs before a three-run bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference for Creekview.

Playing as the visitors, Woodland scored three runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third against Harrison. The Hoyas pulled within 6-2 before erupting for a nine-run fifth inning to pull out the win.

Kailey Baker went 3-for-3 with an RBI; Jessica Ryan was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI; and Hannah Miller wound up 2-for-3 with two runs driven in. Ansley Evans and Hicks also had two hits apiece. Cooper homered and drove in two.

The Wildcats (8-4) will hope the strong hitting performances carry over into next week, but Woodland will look for better pitching during Tuesday's home doubleheader with Cartersville and Thursday's single game at Cass.