After a tough road region loss Friday when the Cartersville baseball team gave up a two-run lead in the seventh to Pickens, the Canes were looking to get back on track Tuesday with a home game against Ridgeland.
Ridgeland came into the game with a 9-6 record and were 2-1 in Region 7-AAA, but the Panthers were no match for Cartersville on this day as the Canes run-ruled the Panthers in 4 1/2 innings by a score of 14-0.
“After last Friday, I told the guys, ‘You ought to be itching to get back on the field and redeem yourself,’” Cartersville head coach Stuart Chester said. “That’s the good thing about the mid-part of the season. You might give one away today, but there’s always one tomorrow. It’s good to get out on the field and put the uniform back on.”
The game was scoreless after one, but Cartersville jumped on Ridgeland in the second inning with 12 runs. Cartersville produced five singles, two doubles and walked three times. Spencer Dickey hit an RBI double and an RBI single in the 12-run inning, while Carrington Evans added an RBI single, Zach Yancey hit a two-run single, Cole Jamieson hit an RBI single, Jacob Fowler hit an RBI double and Elliott Anderson added an RBI single of his own to highlight the big inning.
The Canes also capitalized on four errors and were able to advance on the basepaths because of pitches in the dirt. Cartersville baserunners advanced six total bases in the second inning on stolen bases or wild pitches.
“We’ve worked hard on reading the ball in the dirt. We’ve worked hard on trying to advance and take an extra base. The kids did a good job of it tonight,” Chester said after the game. “They gave us that opportunity and we capitalized and took advantage of it. It was good to do it.”
Cartersville would tack on a run in the third inning after Evans doubled and scored on an error.
In the fourth inning, Cartersville emptied its bench, but still was able to produce a run when two errors and a single by Parker Roberson loaded the bases for Devin Warner, who was hit by a pitch to bring home a run.
On the mound, Fowler got the start and threw two shutout innings without allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Yancey came on and threw two scoreless innings before Evans came on and pitched a spotless fifth inning with a strikeout.
“[Fowler] hadn’t been on the mound in awhile so it was good to get him up there for a couple of innings,” Chester said.
Evans went 2-for-2 in the game with a double, RBI and two runs scored; Dickey went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs; Anderson went 1-for-1 with an RBI, a run scored, a hit by pitch and a walk; and Yancey went 1-for-2 with a two RBIs and two runs scored.
Cartersville is now 7-7 overall and 3-1 in region play, tied with Pickens for second in the standings and one game behind 4-0 Heritage.
“It’s good to get those,” Chester said of picking up a region victory. “It’s going to be a tight race, come down to the wire I think. Every opportunity to get a region game, you better win it.”