Adairsville downs Armuchee; Wolves finish sweep of Wildcats


Kyler Smith broke open a 1-1 tie with a three-run double in the top of the sixth to lead Adairsville to a 5-1 win over Armuchee on Monday at LakePoint.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs, as Landon Ayers walked, Elijah Padgett singled and Levi Blackwell was hit by a pitch. Smith brought all of them home on one swing of the bat, clearing the bases with a double.

Jacob Ray singled home Smith later in the frame for a 5-1 lead.

Adairsville's Noah Nation picked up the win on the mound. He pitched a scoreless 4 2/3 innings to close out the game, striking out six against just two hits and one walk.

Nation came in with two runners on base in the third and escaped with the Tigers still down 1-0. He breezed through the fourth and fifth innings, overcame a one-out single in the sixth, and picked up a big strikeout with two men on in the seventh.

Aside from Trace Still singling in the first and walking in the fourth, the Adairsville bats were quiet until the fifth inning. With two outs, Ray reached on an error, B.J. Roper followed with a single and Chase Horn brought home the tying run on a knock of his own.

Roper led the offense with two hits, while six other Tigers had one each. Ray wound up 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI; Still and Ayers both finished 1-for-3 with a walk; and Smith had his three-run double.

Adairsville is scheduled to face Armuchee in a rematch Wednesday on the road before hosting Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Thursday and Calhoun on Friday.

Woodland swept by Rome

Rome needed just 24 outs Monday to complete a two-game sweep of Woodland in Region 7-AAAAA action at LakePoint.

Game 1 of the series, which was postponed Friday, picked up in the top of the seventh inning with the Wolves leading 5-2. After finishing off that win by the same final score, Rome won a 2-1 pitchers' duel to complete the sweep.

In Friday's action, Woodland (4-7, 1-3) held an early 1-0 edge, thanks to a two-out rally in the home half of the first. Koby Stansel singled home Marco Haro, who doubled just prior, for the run.

Rome (4-4, 2-2) answered with a pair of runs in the second and held the slim advantage until the bottom of the sixth. That's when Toby Queen singled, stole second and scored on a Scotty Smith single.

Two walks and two errors gifted the Wolves a 3-2 lead in the seventh before a demoralizing two-run double by Knox Kadum. Play was soon halted, and although, the Wildcats escaped further damage during Monday's restart, the damage had already been done.

Haro led Woodland with two hits in the game, but he was thrown out trying to steal second to end the contest.

In Monday's scheduled game, which was moved from Rome, Bailey Ward shined on the mound and at the plate for the Wildcats. He pitched five solid frames, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The senior also wound up with Woodland's only two hits in the loss.

Ward singled and doubled, scoring in the sixth on Haro's groundout, but the Wildcats struggled to get anything going against Kadum. The Virginia Tech football signee, who quarterbacked Rome to the 2016 and 2017 state championships, struck out 15 with no walks. The only run he allowed was unearned.

A balk and a passed ball combined to give Rome a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Wolves doubled their lead the next frame with a sacrifice fly, following a leadoff triple.

Woodland will look to even its region record with a two-game set against Hiram this week. The Wildcats will host Game 1 at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.