At Adairsville, the Tigers worked over Early County, 11-1, Woodland defeated Pepperell, 7-6, and Cass had an easy time with Rockmart.
Adairsville 11, Early County 1
Adairsville scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and kept pouring them on to claim an 11-1 victory against Early County in high school baseball action in the Bainbridge Tournament.
The victory was the first under new head coach Billy Roper, who assumed the reins of the program last spring.
The Tigers also scored four runs in the second inning, one in the third and two in the fourth.
Tiger batters scored their 11 runs on 10 hits.
Providing the offense for Adairsville were Cody Melton, who was 1-for-3 with one run; Colin Bearden, 2-for-3 with two runs; Tristin Smith, 1-for-3 with two runs; Sean McDermott, 2-for-3 with two runs, Reece Spencer, 1-for-3 with one run; Lane Griffith, 1-for-1 with one run; Hunter Smith, 1-for-1 with one run; Casey McCrory, 1-for-2 with one run.
Spencer picked up the victory for Adairsville with two innings of work.
Griffith also pitched two innings. Dakota Hines and Noah O’Kelley both also threw for the Tigers.
Adairsville’s pitchers allowed one run on two hits.
The Tigers return to the playing field today, when they are scheduled to play Cairo at 4 p.m. and Leon, Fla., at 7 p.m.
Woodland 7, Pepperell 6
Woodland scored two runs in the seventh inning, with the winning run coming on a base on balls with the bases loaded at the Woodland baseball field.
“It’s nice to start the season with a win and get that monkey off your back,” head coach Corey Gochee said.
The game had been scheduled to be played at Pepperell but was moved to the Bartow County school due to field conditions.
The Wildcats had trailed 6-5 and Will Parsegian coaxed a base on balls out of the Pepperell pitcher. Jarrett Kilgo was hit and took first while Parsegian advanced to second. Braden Harris laid down a bunt and the Dragons threw the ball away while trying to go to third, allowing Woodland to tie the game at 6-all.
Justin Allen was intentionally walked by Pepperell and Mason Robinson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.
Cauy Williams, who pitched the game’s final three innings, picked up the win for Woodland, which used five pitchers on the evening.
Gochee praised the play of his team.
“We played solid defense and did a good job executing offensively,” he said. “Our guys did a good job of getting our guys over and playing small ball, and that’s what it’ll take for us to be successful this year.”
Contributing with their bats were Robinson, 1-for-3 with a run scored; Hunter Siniard, 1-of-2 with two runs scored; and Kilgo, who was 1-of-3.
Gochee said Woodland next plays in the North/South Classic in Peachtree City. On Friday, the Wildcats take on Carrollton at 6 p.m. and they play Griffin on Saturday at 3 p.m. They entertain Cass on Tuesday with a 5:55 p.m. game start.
Cass 12, Rockmart 0
In other baseball action, the Cass Colonels soundly defeated Rockmart, 12-0, to start their season 1-0.
The Colonels next play Saturday in the Peachtree City -North/South Classic against Spalding. Cass takes on Spalding at 10 a.m.
The Colonels play LaGrange at 12:30 p.m.
They return to Bartow County on Tuesday, when they tangle with Woodland on the road. The game starts at 5:55 p.m.