Canes head south after lopsided win
by Andrew Adler
Apr 03, 2013 | 660 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In less than 24 hours, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have proven to be a juggernaut when it comes to devouring their 5-AAA region competition. Against North Murray and Gordon Central, respectively, the Canes have scored a combined 29 runs in winning two games that have lasted a total of 8 1/2 innings.

But starting Thursday and lasting through Saturday, the Canes will find out how they stack up against some of the best high school baseball competition Florida has to offer when they take part in the Perfect Game baseball tournament to be held in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Each of the eight teams — four from Georgia and four from Florida — are scheduled to play four games in three days. Representing Georgia, along with Cartersville, will be the Parkview Panthers, Blessed Trinity Titans and the Savannah Christian Raiders. Florida-based teams are the Venice Indians, the Sarasota Sailors, Mater Academy Lions and the Montverde Academy Eagles.

The Canes are scheduled to play the Eagles Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be a very, tough three days,” coach Stuart Chester admitted. “This is the first time that we have ventured outside Cartersville during spring break since I have been here. But playing in this baseball tournament will provide great exposure for our team.”

The invite by Perfect Game to Cartersville to travel to sunny Florida in April came prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season.

Cartersville is a team that is currently on a roll, having won 11 straight and making short work of its opponents.

Monday’s game that began at 5:55 p.m. was called after four innings with Cartersville leading the Mountaineers, 15-0. It was 8-0 Canes after the first inning. It was an inning in which six of the Canes’ first seven batters either singled or doubled.

Tuesday’s game that had a noon start lasted until the top of the fifth, as the Canes beat Gordon Central, 14-0. In the second inning alone, the Canes sent 15 batters to the plate, of which 10 scored. Seven Canes either touched home plate or safely reached base before Gordon Central recorded the first out of the inning.

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