Adams homers to lead Canes over Phoenix
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Mar 30, 2013 | 1176 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Austin Adams hit his second two-run homer in as many nights and Cartersville crushed region foe Sonoraville, 9-0, to claim its ninth game in a row Friday night in high school baseball.

On the mound Hunter Osborn struck out 10 while scattering three hits over six innings to shut down the Phoenix, which suffered its first shutout of the season. Jojo Underwood pitched the seventh as the two Cartersville pitchers combined for the shutout.

The Purple Hurricanes got off to a quick start offensively, scoring three big runs in the top of the first to take an early lead.

The Canes added a fourth run in the second inning and that score lasted until the fifth inning when Beau Benefield broke open the game with a two-run double to put his team up, 6-0. Cartersville closed out its scoring with three runs in the seventh inning.

Adams hit his two-run shot in the first inning to help propel Cartersville to a comfortable lead.

Also helping the Canes offensively were Underwood, two hits; and Benefield, two hits.

Osborn worked six innings for Cartersville, giving up no runs and one walk while allowing three hits.

Underwood pitched the seventh inning for Cartersville, striking out two.

The victory improved Cartersville’s overall record to 10-3. The Canes are 6-0 in the region.

Cartersville returns to the diamond Monday, when it plays North Murray on the road.

The Canes then return to the friendly confines of Richard Bell Field on Tuesday for a rare game that starts at noon when Gordon Central comes calling.

Cartersville then heads to Florida, where it is to play four games as part of the Montverde Academy-Perfect Game Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

Thursday and Friday’s game start at 4 p.m. and the Canes play two Saturday games that start at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sonoraville dropped to 8-6 overall with the loss and now is 3-2 in region play.

The Phoenix are to play North Murray on Tuesday.