Cartersville shows how far team has come; Three Bartow teams pick up region wins
by Jason Greenberg
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In 2010, the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School softball team went 32-3 on its way to the second round of the state playoffs. That same season, the Cartersville High softball team was winless.

However, any observer who attended Tuesday’s game between the two teams would not have known that LFO had been the powerhouse program just three years ago.

Cartersville was in control of Tuesday’s game from start to finish at the Cartersville Sports Complex as the Canes defeated the Warriors by a score of 5-0 to improve to 4-1 in their region in 2013.

“It’s a good win tonight against a good LFO team. They’ve always been strong,” Cartersville head coach Rick Holsomback said. “I think we are getting more confident.”

The Lady Canes opened up the scoring in the second inning when, after an Annalyn Yantis double, senior Maddie Geiger delivered with a double to the center field fence to drive in two runs.

“I’m glad I hit it when I did because I had runners on and that’s what you need to do as a teammate,” Geiger, who was a freshman in 2010, said. “We’ve gotten better than we used to be. I knew we’d get better, but not this good. It feels good.”

Cartersville was back at it the next inning when sophomore Michaela Crowe placed the ball perfectly down the right field line for a base hit and an RBI. The following inning, Taylor Waits and Hunter Irving led off with a walk each. Both would come around to score on an error later in the inning.

“Taylor got on base every time. Those are the kids lower in the lineup getting hits and that’s huge,” Holsomback said. “[Waits] is hitting .600, and I’m like, ‘Well, golly, give her a chance.’ And she’s producing.”

Waits actually increased that batting average Tuesday. The sophomore had a sacrifice bunt and a bunt single in addition to the walk in the fifth inning.

The five runs of offense were more than enough for Yantis, who complimented her two hits in the game with a shutout in the pitcher’s circle. She had six strikeouts while allowing just four hits.

“She surprises me when she doesn’t strike them out,” Holsomback said of Yantis. “She’s a great player and she keeps us in a lot of games.”

Holsomback’s team will travel to North Murray Thursday for another region game against the team that knocked the Canes out of the region tournament last season.

Woodland exerts will on New Manchester

If it is possible to win too easily, the Lady Wildcats may have done it Tuesday night.

At least head coach Colman Roberts believes that may have happened as Woodland rolled to a 15-0 victory in just 4 1/2 innings at New Manchester.

“I’m just glad we have two days of practice now,” Roberts said. “If we had to play tomorrow, we’d be in trouble.”

Bridgett Hampton and Sydney Hodorff were the only two Woodland players to get hits. Hampton had three for the game, which resulted in three RBIs for the junior third baseman.

Nineteen walks by New Manchester pitching led to the 15 Lady Cats crossing home plate and probably plenty of yawning in the stands.

“It was a long night,” Roberts said. “I’m just happy we got the win. We have a big weekend ahead of us.

Pitcher Brooke Rogers continued her streak of not allowing an earned run in five straight region games. She also had nine strikeouts while allowing just one hit in her four innings of work.

Woodland is now 5-0 in region play and 8-5 overall. The team will compete in the Twin Creeks-Cherokee Invitational tournament over the weekend.

Cass picks up first region win

The Lady Colonels badly needed a region win after dropping their first two.

They got a thrilling victory Tuesday night at home by a score of 6-4 at home against Gilmer that may be just what they need to get back near the top of their region.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” Cass coach Greg Hight said. “We’re looking at two more wins and we’re back in it.”

Senior pitcher Courtney Bailey went 2-for-2 in the game with a walk. She also had 11 strikeouts.

“Courtney had a good game,” Hight said. ‘She struck out the first six batters.”

The game saw five lead changes before Cass put the winning two runs on the board in the sixth inning.

Lynnsey Hollifeld came through with a base hit to take the lead and cass would not look back.

Kelsey Holloway had a two-run single in the fifth inning to put Cass in the position to take the lead in the sixth.

Bre Mahrt and Savanna hutchins also had hits in the game.

Cass will hope to transfer momentum from the win to Thursday when the Lady Colonels take on Cedartown at home.