The Cartersville softball team gave up double-digit runs and still managed to invoke the run rule in Tuesday's road win over Sandy Creek. That's because the Canes put together an offensive performance they will struggle to match the rest of the season in a high-scoring, 22-10 affair.
It looked early in the game like both teams would end up with a ton of runs, but that they would be a little more evenly distributed. Each side scored two runs in the first inning and three in the second before Cartersville began to pull away in the Region 5-AAAA clash.
The Canes (4-4, 3-2) scored 17 unanswered runs — four in the third, six in the fourth and seven in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Patriots (5-4, 0-3) erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to extend the game to a sixth inning.
Four Cartersville players recorded three hits apiece. Lauren McElhaney led the way, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs; Cio Seigler matched McElhaney exactly, save for driving in one fewer run; leadoff hitter Elizabeth Nelson set the table with a 3-for-4 performance, including four runs scored and two RBIs; and Mikey Lewis wound up 3-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI.
Hope Short went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice. The senior also had a run scored and two driven in. Madison Lingerfelt also had two hits and a run scored. Four other players had one hit and at least one run scored. Campbell Rogers scored three times, while Anna Kate McElhaney had two RBIs.
Cartersville will hope to keep the offensive mojo working in Thursday's region road game at Chapel Hill.
Kell 2, Woodland 0 (9 innings)
For the third time in as many Region 7-AAAAA games, Woodland's Lainey Baker pitched outstanding. Unfortunately for the sophomore, for the second time, her counterpart was just a little bit better.
Baker struck out 15 batters with no walks over nine innings, but Mia DeAngelis proved to be the difference in a 2-0 road win for Kell on Tuesday.
DeAngelis slugged a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and finished off her complete-game shutout in the bottom half of the frame. Overall, she gave up just two hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts against the Wildcats (2-2, 1-2).
Woodland's Brianna Hill became the game's first baserunner after hitting a one-out single in the third inning. Hannah Miller reached on a dropped third strike with two outs in the fourth, and Morgan Cooper drew a leadoff walk in the eighth. Each time, though, the Wildcats failed to get the key hit.
The Longhorns (3-4, 2-2) made them pay in the second extra inning. With one out, DeAngelis sent a blast over the left-field fence. She then worked around a two-out single in the home half by Ansley Evans to close out the game.
Woodland will look to bounce back in a rivalry meeting with Cass on Thursday. Both teams are currently part of the logjam in the middle of the region standings.