High School Softball Roundup

Cartersville routs Darlington; Cass falls on walk-off homer


Cartersville fell behind 3-0 after one inning of play Monday at Darlington. That marked the end of the negatives.

The Canes broke out with four runs in the second, seven in the third and nine in the fourth to roll to a 20-3 victory.

Anna Kate McElhaney led the way offensively for Cartersville. The junior finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Seniors Hope Short (3-for-4, three runs) and Cio Seigler (2-for-3, walk, three runs, two RBIs) also produced stellar final lines.

Kiley Arnold pitched a solid game in the circle. The freshman allowed four hits and one walk, with only one of the three runs charged to her being earned. She also contributed at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

McKinley Chada had two hits; Rylie Harris drove in three runs; and Elizabeth Nelson and Ava Perkins driving in two runs apiece. Mikey Lewis scored three times with Emery Jenkins and Nelson crossing home twice each.

Cartersville will look to keep the offense churning along with another non-region game today versus Coahulla Creek.

Villa Rica 10, Cass 9

In a game full of offensive power, Villa Rica had the final say. The Wildcats hit four home runs with two coming in the seventh inning, including a walk-off shot to send visiting Cass home with a heartbreaking 10-9 defeat in Region 7-AAAAA Monday.

For the second time in three games, freshman Ansley Hight ripped a homer in the top of the first inning. Alexis Woods had scored previously in the inning for a 1-0 lead before Hight's two run blast gave the Colonels (7-8, 3-6) a 3-0 edge.

Cass tacked on another run on Woods' RBI single in the second inning. A run-scoring double in the second and a two-run homer in the third pulled Villa Rica (7-7, 5-4) within 4-3.

The Colonels, though, responded. Saydee Najarro singled home a run, and Woods hit an RBI groundout to extend the Cass lead to 6-3 in the fourth. The following inning, Haley Smith launched a solo home run to put the visitors up four.

Villa Rica struck for three runs in the home half of the fifth, capped by a solo homer. But Cass posted two insurance runs in the seventh, as Najarro came through with a clutch two-run double.

Ultimately, it wasn't enough cushion to hold off the Wildcats. With one out, a single and home run cut the lead to 9-8 before a key error brought the winning run to the plate. Following a sacrifice bunt, Villa Rica walked off for a vital win in the middle of the jumbled region standings.

Cass will look to bounce back quickly today with a home tilt against Rome.