Cartersville run-ruled by region power Chapel Hill


Chapel Hill is a force to be reckoned with in softball, as the Lady Panthers have made deep state-playoff runs the past few years.

Cartersville was able to split two region games with Chapel Hill last year before the Panthers went on to be one of the last four teams standing in the Class 4A playoffs.

This year, though, the Lady Canes held no such hope for an upset, losing to the Panthers by a final of 11-0 in six innings.

Chapel Hill got on the board in the second inning on an error, and then opened the game up in the third inning with four more runs.

Two more runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth sent the teams home early via the run rule.

No Cartersville pitcher was safe against the Panthers' potent lineup.

Colbi Ballard, who pitched a gem in relief last time out against Sandy Creek, got the start on Thursday and allowed five runs in three innings. Anna Kate McElhaney then came on and pretty much gave up the same, allowing five earned runs in three innings.

McElhaney and Ballard were the only two Canes to record hits in the game.

Besides those two singles and a couple of Chapel Hill errors, Cartersville never really threatened and only once put a runner in scoring position.

The Lady Canes are now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Region 5-AAAA. They will return to the field Friday at Hamilton Crossing for the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash, which will extend through Saturday.