A pair of Cartersville Little League teams recently joined the growing group of district champions to hail from the city.
With even more local titles possible, the local youth baseball season should stretch deep into the summer.
Cartersville LL 10U rolls to title
The Cartersville Little League 10U team captured the Georgia Little League District 1 championship with a 13-2 victory over Rockmart in five innings June 18 at Rudy York Field.
Cartersville 10U won the three-team, double-elimination tournament with three straight wins that included a win over Bartow County and two over Rockmart.
Cartersville advances to represent District 1 in the Georgia Little League state tournament beginning July 6 in Athens.
In the championship, Cartersville took a 3-0 lead with one run in the first inning and two more in the third before Rockmart closed the gap with a two-run top of the fourth.
Cartersville responded with an eight-run fourth inning of its own to take control of the contest and cruise to the district title.
Clint Hosea and Blake Lutjens combined on the mound for Cartersville to limit Rockmart to a single earned run. Hosea struck out four and walked the same number in three innings. The duo scattered five total hits.
Meanwhile, Cartersville banged out 13 hits in the championship game.
Dallen Fuqua led the way with a 4-for-4 performance that included four RBIs. Carter Callen also drove in four runs with a double and a triple. Cole Henson had two hits, while Cash Priest, Zachary Stiles, Zack Parker, Lutjens and Hosea contributed one hit apiece. Priest also drove in a run. Drake Bailey and Hosea stole two bases each in the contest.
Junior LL sweeps championship series
Cartersville Junior Little League pounded out 13 hits and got a complete-game pitching effort from Ayden Ray to beat Bartow County Saturday morning. The victory secured the Georgia Junior Little League District 1 best-of-three championship series in a 2-0 sweep.
Cartersville's 14U team topped Bartow County in Game 1 of the series Friday night 12-3 by pulling away with a six-run fifth inning. With the wins, Cartersville advances to the Georgia Junior Little League state tournament, beginning July 13 in West Point.
The same Cartersville and Bartow County 14U squads squared off in the finals of the GRPA District 5 tournament that concluded earlier this month. Cartersville was 3-0 in that four-team, double-elimination tournament en route to securing the title. Bartow County 14U had wins over Whitfield County and Dalton in the GRPA tournament but fell to Cartersville twice.
Ray, who also doubled twice at the plate, tossed a seven-inning one-hitter in Saturday’s series-clinching game. He walked three and struck out seven in the victory.
The lone Bartow County run scored in the seventh inning. The only Bartow base hit was a third inning single to right field by Corey Brookshire. Bartow’s Caden Goff had an RBI groundout in the final frame.
Cartersville scored twice in the first inning and added three more runs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead. The offense also provided single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Colin Genrich was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with one RBI to pace the Cartersville attack. Grant Knight drove in two runs with a pair of hits, and Geoffrey Gore contributed a pair of RBIs with one hit. Colt Williams, Luke Altizer, Trenton Payne and Gabriel Cox had the other Cartersville hits.