Cartersville, Cass, Adairsville begin region play with opening victories
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The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes would have liked to have begun their region schedule against the Adairsville Tigers on Monday, but by 2 p.m., coach Stuart Chester knew that the Canes region opener would be against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Tuesday.

“We kept our players in the gym until the storms blew over before cutting them loose,” Chester said. “We were looking forward to playing coach [Eric] Bishop’s teams, but we knew that we had another opponent to prepare for.”

That opponent was LFO who had hopes of its own regarding starting its region schedule with a win over Cartersville.

“It was a good game, no matter the score would indicate,” Chester said. “We were able to take advantage of what they gave us. It also didn’t hurt that we played teams like Parkview and Brookwood in preparing for our regular season. This is the time of the season when you count every victory and every loss.”

Adairsville 10, North Murray 3

Everybody should have a Tuesday like Adairsville coach Eric Bishop did.

In the early morning hours, Bishop was named the Tigers’ new varsity head football coach.

As the sun set, Bishop put on his baseball cap before enjoying Adairsville’s 10-3 region victory over North Murray.

“It’s been a long day, but definitely a most enjoyable one,” he said.

The Tigers’ (5-7, 1-0) win over the Mountaineers snapped a six-game losing streak that dated back to March 2.

“Before we took the field, I told our team to forget what happened during our opening 10 games of the season,” Bishop said. “I also told them that heading into our region schedule everybody is 0-0.”

Adairsville’s 1-0 region record was achieved by solid pitching, timely hitting and dominating pitching.

Dylan Cochran, the Tigers’ starting pitcher, threw five complete innings to pick up the win. Cochran gave up only two earned runs, struck out seven and limited North Murray to just four hits.

Along with his flame-throwing arm, Cochran used the bat to help his own cause. He went two-for-three with a two-run double.

Cass 5, Gilmer 3

The Cass Colonels squandered a two-run lead heading into the fourth, but came back strong with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth for a 5-3, come-from-behind victory over visiting Gilmer.

The Colonels led 2-0 after three innings before Gilmer pushed across three runs in the top of the fourth inning. All runs came on a Bobcat home run.

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