However, one bunt single derailed the bid in an otherwise dominant performance by Yantis in which she struck out 13 in six innings as the Lady Canes defeated Sonoraville by a score of 8-0.
“It was an outstanding performance. She worked the ball throughout the zone,” Cartersville coach Rick Holsomback said. “She pitched smart and she pitched effective. She worked ahead in the count and did just what you want a pitcher to do.”
Yantis struck out the side in two innings and struck out the no. 2 and 4 hitters in the Sonoraville lineup each of their three at bats.
“No, not really,” Yantis said when asked if she was feeling better than usual. “I don’t know. I just wasn’t feeling it, but I guess it just happened.”
Kennedy Bailey, Yantis’ battery mate, felt better about her pitcher’s performance.
“She had it going,” Bailey said. “Everything was moving and breaking when it needed to.”
Bailey had it going herself as the sophomore went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI’s in the game.
She drove in the first run of the game with two outs in the first inning and a runner in scoring position.
The Canes coming through in the clutch would become a theme over the course of the game as the team went 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
“We’ve been working on situational hitting, clutch hitting and being smart at the plate,” Holsomback said. “We came through and made some minor adjustments throughout the game.”
Cartersville would score two more runs in the third inning thanks to another clutch hit by Bailey with two outs and runners on second and third. Bailey hit a hard line drive up the middle for her second and third runs batted in.
“I was just trying to do my job to score runs,” Bailey said. “I just wanted to move the base runners over.”
Hunter Irvin was responsible for the hardest hit ball of the night in the fifth inning when she crushed a ball to deep right field over the outfielder’s head for a triple. The play resulted in a fourth run and sparked a four-run inning by the Canes.
Yantis contributed two RBI’s in the inning with a rocket single up the middle with two outs and runners on second and third. The Lady Canes would add another run in the sixth to end the game short due to the eight-run lead.
“We are starting to come together and hit together,” Holsomback said. “I hope we get better. We have a few girls who aren’t making good contact right now, but it’s still early in the season.”
Holsomback’s team is now 4-2 and, with the win over Sonoraville, is 1-0 in region play.
“It’s a good start for us,” Bailey said. “I think we’re doing we’ll defensively and offensively. We just have to keep getting better.”
Cartersville will next play region rival Ringgold at the Cartersville Sports Complex Thursday night.
“We’ll cherish this win tonight, and come back and work hard on Thursday,” Holsomback said after the game. “We’ll get ready for Ringgold who’s always very, very tough.”