Colbi Ballard carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Cio Seigler had three hits and the Cartersville High softball team cruised to a non-region win Monday at home against Darlington, 8-2.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and moves the Canes to 6-6 overall on the year.
Ballard allowed a run in each the sixth and seventh, but was thoroughly dominant for the first five innings. She had a perfect game going until an error with one out in the sixth spoiled it, followed by a double with two outs later in the inning to end the no-hit bid.
Ballard still went all seven innings in the circle, allowing one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts in the win.
Ballard got plenty of run support, beginning with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Presley Edwards and Lauren McElhaney led off the inning with consecutive singles, and after Rylie Harris' sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, an Emma Frothingham groundout brought home the first run of the day.
Cartersville added another run in the fourth without earning a hit on an error, a hit by pitch and a stolen base.
The Lady Canes then opened the game up with a three-run fifth. The first five batters reached base — Emery Jenkins singled, Seigler doubled, Mattie Johnson singled, Anna Kate McElhaney singled and Colbi Ballard walked — with Seigler, Johnson and an Edwards sac fly scoring the runs.
Cartersville scored three more in the sixth to ice the game. The big hits of the inning included Seigler's second double in as many innings, an RBI single by Anna Kate McElhaney and a two-run triple by Ballard.
Next up for the Lady Canes will be the Bartow County Championships, beginning Friday against Cass.
Ringgold 10, Adairsville 2
Adairsville's lone region win this year came against Ringgold in the season opener, leading to some optimism for the Lady Tigers' entering Monday's home game.
However, Ringgold, even after a strong start for Adairsville, put together 10 runs in the final two innings Monday to run away with a 10-2 win.
Adairsville actually got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second, and 1-0 remained the score until a six-run fourth inning by Ringgold.
Adairsville got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Ringgold exploded again in the fifth, this time for four runs, to end the game early via the run rule.
Adairsville will look for its third win of the year today at North Murray before facing Woodland Friday in the Bartow County Championships.