2 Bartow softball teams swept at Buc Bash


A rough weekend at the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash tournament culminated in two losses Saturday for the Cartersville High softball team.

The Lady Canes lost to Sonoraville 2-0 in the first game and ended the tournament with an 8-2 loss to Alexander at Kennesaw Mountain.

Anna Kate McElhaney had the lone hit for the Canes against Sonoraville. The Phoenix didn't do a whole lot better at the plate, but they did score two unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning on two Cartersville errors.

The two errors spoiled an otherwise strong outing for Colbi Ballard in the circle. She went all six innings while allowing four hits and no other base runners in the hard-luck loss.

Cartersville had a couple of promising chances in the game. McElhaney singled to open the fourth inning and stole second, but the next three batters made outs and couldn't advance her.

In the sixth, a walk to Hope Short and an error put two on with no outs, but once again the Lady Canes failed to score.

The second game of the day against Alexander saw more offense, but not enough to take a win. Alexander scored six runs in the top of the seventh to break open a 2-2 ballgame.

McElhaney hit a two-run double to score Short and Cio Seigler after each singled in the fifth inning. That tied the game after Alexander's two-run second inning.

Meanwhile, Ballard pitched well until that seventh inning, but the senior ran into trouble and had to be relieved by McElhaney for the final two outs.

In addition to McElhaney's two-run double, Presley Edwards had a double and two of Cartersville's eight hits in the game.

Cartersville is now 5-6 on the year and will return to action for another non-region game Monday at home against Darlington.

Cass drops pair at Buc Bash

Saturday was rough for the Cass High girls softball team on the last day of the Allatoona Bucaneer Bash at Hamilton Crossing.

The Lady Colonels were run-ruled in both of their games, a 13-0 loss to Bainbridge and a 12-0 loss to Lovett.

The Bainbridge game went four innings, with the Lady Bearcats scoring four runs in the first, two in the second and seven in the third inning.

Cass had two hits in the game, one each by Haley Owens and Kaila Carson, but never really threatened to score.

The second game was more of the same, with Lovett scoring 12 runs in the top of the first.

Kylee Hembree came out of the bullpen and settled things down a bit in the final three innings. She allowed seven runs, four earned, after coming on to pitch with one out in the first after five runs had already come home. However, she did not allow another run over the final three innings of the four-inning game. 

Haley Smith, Owens and Maggie Collum had the three Cass hits in the game. All three came in the fourth inning, which loaded the bases with one out. However, a flyout and a groundout preserved the shutout for Lovett.

Cass is now 1-7 on the year after going 0-4 at the Buc Bash. The Lady Colonels will look to get on track against Hiram in a Region 7-AAAAA game Tuesday at home.