The Cartersville High softball team looks to be headed to the Region 5-AAAA tournament, but whether the Lady Canes make the state tournament is still very much up in the air.
With three region games left before the region tournament, the Canes are looking to finish the regular season strong heading into the postseason, and they are on their way to do just that after a 13-0 win at last-place Sandy Creek Thursday.
Colbi Ballard pitched the shutout on the mound, going all five innings in the mercy rule shortened game with eight strikeouts.
Ballard and Hope Short each had three hits on the day and combined for seven RBIs.
Ballard got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning to score Cio Seigler, who singled earlier in the frame.
The second inning is when the Canes really pulled away, though.
Sandy Creek made five errors, and one of them with the bases loaded and one out scored the first run of the frame. Short then hit an RBI single, a groundout by Anna Kate McElhaney scored another, and Ballard drove home two with a single to make the score 6-0 after two innings of play.
Cartersville was back at it with three runs in the third. A double by Presley Edwards led things off, and after another error and a walk, a sacrifice fly by Seigler and a two-run single by Short made the score 9-0 after four innings.
The Lady Canes would tack on two more runs in each the of fourth and fifth.
Run-scoring singles by Brooklyn Pittman and Emery Jenkins did the damage in the fourth. In the fifth, Short singled to lead off and was followed by another error and a Ballard RBI single. A sacrifice fly by Lauren McElhaney then scored the final run.
Eight of the nine Cartersville starters had a hit in the game, and the bottom third of the lineup — Rylie Harris, Pittman and Jenkins — combined to score seven runs. Jenkins went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs out of the 9-spot in the order.
Cartersville is now 8-9 overall on the year and 4-5 in region play after breaking a three-game losing streak Thursday. The Sandy Creek game marked the first of four straight road games to close out the region schedule with trips to LaGrange and Douglasville to face Chapel Hill coming up. The trip to LaGrange will be a doubleheader Saturday.
Adairsville 3, LFO 2
The Adairsville High softball team, riding high off Wednesday's upset win over second-place Coahulla Creek, continued its recent upward trend on Thursday with a 3-2 win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
Adairsville was trailing by a score of 2-1 going into the seventh inning, but Chloe Souders tied the game with a big hit to score Alexa Varner. Following a bunt by Tori Lee to advance Souders, she then scored on Sierra Tanner's single to give Adairsville the lead at 3-2.
Adairsville then shut the door on LFO in the bottom of the seventh to improve to 5-18 on the year and 3-10 in Region 6-AAA.
The Lady Tigers will finish up the regular season with two home games, Monday against Haralson County and Thursday in a rematch with LFO.
Kell 4, Cass 1
One rough inning ruined the Cass High softball team's chance at an upset Thursday.
The Lady Colonels lost 4-1 at fourth-place Kell, with the difference being a three-run fourth inning by the Lady Longhorns.
The rally in the fourth by Kell was started by the back end of the lineup, and an error played a pivotal role in keeping it going. A double after the error scored two runs to give Kell a 4-1 lead, and that would be the final as Cass never really threatened over the final three frames.
Cass scored its run in the top of the third when Rachael Lee singled, stole second base and scored on Kylee Hembree's RBI double.
Cass had the bases loaded in the second inning when Haley Owens and Maggie Collum hit back-to-back singles and Hailie Owens walked, but a groundout ended the Colonels' next-best threat of the day.
Kelly Young, Lee and Hembree each had two hits, but couldn't string them together with the exception of the one-run third inning.
Lee pitched a solid game in the circle, going all six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Cass is now 3-14 on the year and will next face LFO and Lamar County on Friday in Chattanooga.