7th-inning errors hand Cartersville first region loss

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The Cartersville baseball team had a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning Friday at Pickens.

However, two errors helped allow Pickens to score three runs in the final frame to come back and defeat the Canes by a score of 3-2 on a walk-off wild pitch.

Elliott Anderson got the start and threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts. However, after the errors and with his pitch count mounting in the seventh, Anderson was taken out of the game with a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Mason Barnett came in and walked two, but Pickens was able to push three unearned runs across in the final frame, needing just one hit.

Overall, Cartersville committed seven errors in the game and Pickens had none.

Pickens junior right-hander Travis Huffman held the Canes’ bats in check for most of the night. He threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts. Cartersville had just three hits in the game, all of which came in a two-run first inning.

Elliott Anderson singled with one out to begin the rally and Seth Smith came on as a courtesy runner. Devin Warner then doubled to right field. Smith and Warner would later come around to score on two passed balls with two outs. Carrington Evans also added a single later in the inning.

With the loss, Cartersville falls to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-AAAA. The Canes will look to get back to their winning ways in a home region game Tuesday against Ridgeland.