Josh Davis and Jordan Wilkie had incredible performances at the plate to lead the Cartersville baseball team to a first round victory Thursday in the Perfect Game High School Showdown.
Davis finished 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs, while Wilkie drove in three runs to complement his 2-for-3 showing in a 7-4 win over Seminary (Mississippi).
Cartersville advances to the quarterfinals to face Grayson at 3:30 p.m. Friday at LakePoint's Field 15.
The Canes (9-3) scored twice in the bottom of the second to hand Mason Barnett an early cushion, but the Bulldogs (1-5) answered with a three-spot in the fourth inning, thanks to a pair of Cartersville errors.
It didn't take long for the Canes to respond.
Jake Gooch walked and Davis was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the fourth. Both moved up 90 feet on a passed ball and later scored on a single by Wilkie that gave Cartersville the lead for good.
Barnett helped his cause in the fifth. He and Devin Warner hit consecutive singles to set the table, and Davis came through with a clutch hit to drive in courtesy runner LaDarius Winburn and Warner.
An error later in the inning allowed the Canes to take a seemingly comfortable 7-3 lead into the sixth inning.
Seminary didn't go down without a fight, though.
With two outs in the seventh, the Bulldogs hit consecutive singles followed by a run-scoring double.
The outburst forced Cartersville coach Kyle Tucker to bring Anthony Seigler in to get the final out. The senior came through, coaxing a groundout to escape the jam and end the game.
Barnett pitched six solid innings with all three runs being unearned. The junior Auburn commit struck out eight, while allowing a pair of walks and a pair of hits.