HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Cass sweeps Hiram with ease; Adairsville evens region record

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Posted 9/2/20

Hiram scored the first run of Tuesday's Region 7-AAAAA doubleheader at Cass. The Colonels, though, scored the final 24 to run-rule the Hornets twice. Cass fell behind briefly in the opener but a …

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Cass sweeps Hiram with ease; Adairsville evens region record

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Hiram scored the first run of Tuesday's Region 7-AAAAA doubleheader at Cass. The Colonels, though, scored the final 24 to run-rule the Hornets twice.

Cass fell behind briefly in the opener but a six-run second inning put the hosts in control and a three-run fourth frame allowed the Colonels to close out a 9-1, five-inning win. Frankly, Cass dominated the nightcap, cruising to a 15-0 win in three innings.

Leadoff hitter Alexis Woods was perfect on the night, finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and four runs scored. Ansley Hight had a walk, a double, a triple and a home run across both games. She also scored twice and drove in two runs in each contest.

In the opener, Eryn Lee, Rachael Lee and Macenzie Dougharty matched Hight with two RBIs. Kimberly Allen joined Woods and Hight with multiple hits.

During the Game 2 rout, Cass (9-4, 5-3) scored four runs in the first, six in the second and five in the third. Hiram, which is winless in region play, had recorded just one out in the third inning by the time the mercy rule was invoked.

Kendyl Hardin paced the Colonels offense in that one. The senior went 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Haley Smith reached in all three of her plate appearances, with two hits and a walk. She scored once.

Tatiana Christian also had multiple hits and drove in the final run. Savannah Tatum had a two-run double in her only at-bat. Rachael Lee scored twice despite not having a hit.

In Game 1, Rachael Lee gave up no earned runs in five innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits and one walk. Kylee Hembree didn't allow a hit or a walk in the second game's three innings, although she did hit two batters and had a hitter reach via an error.

After an easy sweep, Cass will have a much steeper challenge Thursday, when Woodland visits for one huge region matchup.

Adairsville 5, Murray County 1

Adairsville's Megan Gregory had as many hits as Murray County, and the sophomore accounted for more runs than the hosts Tuesday to help the Tigers pick up a 5-1 road victory.

Adairsville scored one run in the second inning, two in the third and two more in the fifth. With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-3 overall and even their Region 6-AAA record at 3-3.

Gregory finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the second inning. She scored later in the frame on a groundout by Sadye Johnson. In the fifth, Gregory singled and scored on a double by Johnson.

In the circle, Taylor Rhoades completely shut down Murray County, allowing just an unearned run in going the distance. The senior struck out 11 and gave up three hits. Her defense struggled uncharacteristically with five errors, but Rhoades came through to lead her team to victory.

Tuesday's win marks the sixth time this season that Adairsville has allowed either one or zero runs in a game. The Tigers have held opponents to two or fewer runs in every victory, thus far.

Adairsville has a tough home draw next on the schedule, as Ringgold — defending Class 3A state champion — visits Thursday.