The Cass softball team entered the top of the fifth inning needing just one run to give itself a chance of closing out a run-rule win over Armuchee. The Colonels, though, decided to add a little …
The Cass softball team entered the top of the fifth inning needing just one run to give itself a chance of closing out a run-rule win over Armuchee. The Colonels, though, decided to add a little insurance.
Thanks to a 13-run inning, Cass opened the season with a 21-1, five-inning rout of Armuchee. The Colonels scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by Ansley Hight's two-run homer, and scratched across two runs apiece in the third and fourth innings before their late eruption.
A total of 13 different batters had at least one hit and six of them recorded multiple knocks for Cass. Rachael Lee led the way with a 4-for-5 display, and Hight finished 3-for-4. Each posted two runs scored and three RBIs.
Eryn Lee and Kendyl Hardin had two hits and a walk apiece. Lee scored twice and had one RBI, while Hardin scored twice. Alexis Woods went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Haley Smith and Saydee Najarro each had a pair of hits, one run scored and one RBI. Macenzie Dougharty, Kylee Hembree and Kimberly Allen all had one hit and two runs driven in.
In the circle, Madi Bentley got the start and threw three hitless innings. She did walk four but countered that with three strikeouts. Hembree gave up one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings.
The Colonels will compete next in a tournament this weekend at Dalton. Cass will face Pace Academy (4 p.m.) and Ridgeland (8 p.m.) Friday, while taking on Cedartown (10:45 a.m.) and Holy Innocents' Episcopal (12:15 p.m.) Saturday.
Cedartown 7, Cartersville 5 (11 inn.)
A Herculean effort by Cedartown sophomore Reagan Clarke denied Cartersville a 2-0 start to the season Tuesday in Bartow County.
Clarke went the distance in a 7-5, 11-inning win, keeping the Canes off the board over the final six innings while throwing 156 pitches in the battle of former region rivals.
Cartersville edged Denmark in a back-and-forth opener Friday, but the Canes couldn't repeat the feat Tuesday in their home debut. The hosts went ahead with two runs in the bottom of the first before Marycille Brumby hit a three-run homer in the third for the Bulldogs. Cartersville regained the lead in the fifth, when Amelia Elrod drove in the tying run and Mikey Lewis plated a pair for a 5-3 edge.
However, two singles and a walk loaded the bases for the visitors in the sixth, setting up a game-tying double. Neither team would score again until Cedartown pushed across two runs in the top of the 11th to earn the victory.
Lewis paced a Canes offense that managed just four hits, finishing 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs driven in. Elrod also had two RBIs, while scoring once. Campbell Rogers, who scored twice, and Anna Kate McElhaney, who scored once, had the other two hits for Cartersville.
McKinley Chada threw 8 1/3 innings in relief, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks. Ava Perkins started and went 2 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs off three hits and four walks. Neither pitcher had a strikeout.
Ringgold 8, Adairsville 0 (5 inn.)
The Adairsville softball team faced its first true test of the season in a road matchup with reigning Class 3A state champion Ringgold in the Region 6-AAA opener for both teams Tuesday.
Suffice it to say, the visiting Tigers, who had won their first two games of the season, showed they still have areas to improve. Meanwhile, the host Tigers, who actually entered the day 0-2, proved they are still one of the top programs in the classification.
Ringgold pushed across three runs in each of the first two innings and added a pair in the third en route to the straightforward 8-0, five-inning win. Adairsville only managed two hits in the defeat, although the visitors did have just one strikeout.
Victoria O'Neal gave up seven hits and struck out three, pitching the entirety of the game for Adairsville. Neither side issued a walk in the game, but the visitors did commit three errors — compared to none for the hosts.
After facing possibly the best team in the region, Adairsville will have a great chance to bounce back Thursday, when they host North Murray. Ringgold, which was swept by defending 4A champion and rival Heritage to open the season, will face former region foe Calhoun Wednesday on the road.