The Cartersville 12U A Major team earned the state title after going undefeated in the playoffs.
“We’re very proud of them for not only winning the state title but winning it in the fashion they did,” Britt McGill, athletics coordinator with the CPRD, said. “Our kids played great baseball and carried themselves well.”
He also praised the work on the coaching staff.
“[Coach Ryan Dean] really did a good job alternating the kids and playing them to their strengths,” McGill said. “I’m also proud of the way our parents and supporters followed us and backed us in the state tournament. I don’t think Savannah has ever seen that much purple at one time.
“It’s a proud time for the Cartersville youth baseball community.”
The Purple Hurricanes defeated three teams in Savannah, including the Savannah Titans, 15-3, to earn the championship trophy.
They had beaten Layton County, 22-0, in the first round and overpowered the Cartersville B team to earn the right to play for the title.
Prior to competing in the state playoffs, the Hurricanes had tallied 14 home runs, 67 RBIs and 59 hits in four games played in Dalton in the GRPA district championships.
Hitting home runs in Savannah were Gage Morris, 3; Jordan Wells, 3; Preston Welchel, 1, a grand slam; and Garrett Shelton, 1.
Also making their presence felt in Savannah were the Cartersville 12U B Major team, the Cartersville 10U team and the Cartersville 8U team.
The 12U B team, coached by Mark Mathison, placed third in the state after compiling a 2-1 record. Also, the team left the state tournament early in order to compete in the state Little League competition.
The Cartersville 10U team, also coached by Mathison, compiled a 3-1 record in tournament play. They also left the state tournament early in order to compete in the state Little League competition.
The Cartersville 8U team, coached by Richard Daniel, compiled a 1-2 record.
“I talked to coach Daniel on Monday and he said the kids ‘had a blast’ in Savannah,’” McGill said.
McGill said the recreation department also assisted the youngsters at the state tournament.
“Linda and Mitchell Nelson, two Cartersville Parks and Recreation staff members, traveled with the teams to Savannah to show our support and to assist the them with anything they needed,” he said.
McGill also praised the coaching staffs for their work with the Cartersville teams.
“I want to thank all of our coaches for the countless hours and personal resources they’ve committed to our youth,” the recreation official said. “Cartersville is very lucky to have such good volunteers.”