For a brief moment, it appeared Cartersville potentially would upset Calhoun in a result that would send shockwaves through Region 7-AAAAA. Alas, the Yellow Jackets managed to edge out the Canes …
For a brief moment, it appeared Cartersville potentially would upset Calhoun in a result that would send shockwaves through Region 7-AAAAA. Alas, the Yellow Jackets managed to edge out the Canes Thursday for a 4-1 home win.
After Calhoun took the lead in the bottom of the third, Cartersville immediately rallied to tie the score. Anna Kate McElhaney singled, Ava Perkins was hit by a pitch and Kiley Arnold walked to load the bases. McElhaney scored on an error, but the inning could have been even bigger had Maggie Pruitt's line-drive not been caught by the Jackets first baseman.
The parity was short lived, though, as an error and wild pitch helped gift Calhoun (7-6, 6-0) a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth. A solo home run to lead off the fifth inning provided more than enough insurance for the Jackets, who allowed only one baserunner over the final three frames.
McKinley Chada gave up just two earned runs in a complete-game loss.
Cartersville (3-14, 1-7) will host Cass in the semifinals of the Bartow County Championships at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Ringgold 10, Adairsville 3
Adairsville suffered its first home defeat of the season Thursday, but it was anything but a bad loss, considering it came against the defending Class 3A state champion Ringgold.
The visiting Tigers pulled away late to claim a 10-3 win in Region 6-AAA action.
Adairsville (7-4, 3-4) actually took the lead in the bottom of the first on Victoria O'Neal's two-out RBI single to score Chloe Souders, who herself had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.
However, Ringgold pushed across two runs in the second inning, one in the third and three in the fourth for a 6-1 advantage. Adairsville narrowed the deficit in the fifth, when Sadye Johnson singled home McKenzie Pullam. Johnson later scored on an error to pull her team within 6-3.
The visitors tacked on a single tally in the sixth inning and three big runs in the seventh to close out the win.
O'Neal paced the Adairsville offense with three hits. The local Tigers will face Woodland in the first round of the Bartow County Championships at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cartersville.