After entering the seventh inning down seven runs, the Cartersville softball team managed to bring the go-ahead run to the plate before ultimately falling to Chapel Hill in a Region 5-AAAA road clash.
The Canes had trailed 4-3 in the fifth inning until the Panthers scored six unanswered to seemingly put the game away. However, Cartersville showed plenty of fight in the final frame, but Chapel Hill escaped with a 10-8 win.
The first six Canes batters reached to jump start the comeback bid. Hope Short singled and scored on Mikey Lewis' knock. A bases-loaded walk to Kylie Arnold brought home Cio Seigler, who had also walked. Elizabeth Nelson followed with a single to plate Lewis. A Campbell Rogers sacrifice fly ended the streak of batters reaching, but her contribution did score Emery Jenkins from third base to narrow the deficit to 10-7.
Mattie Johnson scored Cartersville's eighth run on a wild pitch. A two-out walk to Anna Kate McElhaney extended the inning, but a groundout by Short allowed Chapel Hill to eke out a win.
Despite the late collapse, the Panthers led from the opening inning. A two-run homer put them on the board just three batters into the bottom of the first. The Canes got one of those runs back immediately, as Perkins singles home Short, who opened the top of the second with a walk.
Chapel Hill tacked on single runs in the second and third innings to hold a 4-1 edge. A two-run top of the fifth saw Cartersville again pull within one. Short singled home Lauren McElhaney, and Lewis singled home Anna Kate McElhaney.
Two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth gave the Panthers a healthy lead until the Canes put a scare in them. The teams will face off again in September, but next up for Cartersville is three games in the Buccaneer Bash this weekend — one Friday and two Saturday — at Hamilton Crossing.
Cass-Woodland game called off
There was no winner in a Bartow County rivalry game between Cass and Woodland on Thursday evening, but on a related note, lightning remains undefeated.
Following the end of the third inning, the field was cleared due to the detection of lightning in the area. After a nearly 90-minute delay, the game resumed — but only long enough for three batters to come to the plate.
At that point, umpires sent the players back into the dugouts. Woodland's two baserunners hung out at second and third, though, until minutes later, when the game was officially terminated.
The game was not considered official, because at least five innings had not been completed. Despite the Wildcats holding a 1-0 lead at the time, the game, which will be rescheduled for a later date, will start over from the beginning.
None of the stats accumulated will count, meaning Kendyl Hardin's sacrifice fly to score Bella Carnes in the top of the first inning never happened.
Both teams will be back in action — hopefully — this weekend in the Buccaneer Bash. Cass will face Pickens and Campbell Friday with games against Coffee and North Oconee slated for Saturday at Hamilton Crossing. Woodland will face Sprayberry at Hiram Friday before battling Lowndes and Sequoyah on Saturday at Lassiter.