Yes, at home.
Originally scheduled as an away game, Chester was determined to play North Murray — either at home or at another venue if need be — after being informed that the Mountaineers’ field was too wet to play.
“At this point in the season, you do not want to rescheduled games that may force you to play four games in four days,” Chester said.
“That’s why I was determined to play on our home field. Our field was in good shape...and our players were ready to go.”
All that was needed was for North Murray to coordinate a bus drive south and then find four umpires on short notice.
Once everything fell into place, the Canes wasted little time in showcasing why they had won nine straight prior to Monday’s game.
The Canes (11-3, 7-0) made it 10 straight by scoring eight runs in the home half of the first, once in the third and six more in the fourth.
The mercy rule came into effect in the fourth inning with Cartersville leading by 15 or more runs.
In the first, Connor Justus, Ty Fowler, Austin Adams, Drew Lawson and Hayes Linn all singled.
JoJo Underwood and Tripp Jamieson doubled.
In the fourth, Beau Benefield and Jamieson each had two-run doubles.
“Give credit to our players,” Chester said. “They had to change their routine almost immediately. That’s not easy, especially when it is spring break and their focus may have been directed elsewhere after being told they would play at home.”
Canes’ starting pitcher Garrett Rutledge pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one.
Relievers Cole Anderson and Underwood held North Murray to its only hit of the game the rest of the way.
It’s definite that the Canes will be hosting Gordon Central today at home.
Because it’s a noon start time, Chester has his players reporting around 9:30 a.m.
“Just like North Murray, today’s game against Gordon Central is an important region game for both teams,” Chester said. “A victory today will make for an enjoyable bus ride to Fort Myers, Fla.”
Some time this evening, the Canes will board a bus that destined for Fort Myers, Fla. There, Cartersville will be playing in a three-day, Perfect Day tournament beginning Thursday against Montverde Academy.
North Paulding 2, Woodland 1
Wildcats’ starting pitcher Luke Patterson did all he could do to keep Woodland (9-7, 5-5) from losing for the third time in four tries.
This time, 2-1, to North Paulding at home.
Patterson went the distance, as he struck out six, walked two and only gave up three hits and two runs in seven full innings of work.
“Luke did everything you can ask from your starting pitcher,” coach Corey Gochee said. “He was great. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the key hit when we needed to.”
Trailing 2-0, the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Hayden Siniard’s fielder’s choice drove in Mason Robinson, who led off with a base hit.
Back-to-back hits batsmen following a sacrifice bunt by Camden McGill loaded the bases.
“We just didn’t execute at the plate,” Gochee said.
North Paulding scored its runs in the third and fourth innings.