A trio of Cartersville youth baseball teams won their respective district championships over the past few days.
The Cartersville Little League 11U team, the Cartersville Gold 12U squad and the Cartersville Purple 14U group all were crowned as winners. More titles could be coming over the next week, as well.
Cartersville 11U Little League captures championship
Cartersville Little League swept a best-of-three series over Bartow County Little League over the weekend at Rudy York Field to win the 11U Georgia District 1 Little League championship.
Cartersville won the opening game of the series Saturday 11-1 and took Sunday’s second game 14-4 to earn a trip to the Georgia state tournament July 26-31 in Savannah.
Saturday, Cartersville pitcher Brayden Channell limited Bartow to one run on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out eight.
Cartersville led 1-0 after three innings, pushed their lead to 6-1 in the fourth and scored five more times in the fifth inning.
Asa Mitcham had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Lyle Woody also had a three-hit game for Cartersville. Logan Buchanan had two hits including a double. Channell contributed a pair of hits, and Bear McWhorter added one hit.
Landon Cassidy, Elisha Moore, Dayson Ward and Barrett Fuller had one hit apiece for Bartow County. Ward drove in the team's lone run.
Sunday, Cartersville broke open a 2-0 game with a six-run third inning to lead 8-0. They added six more runs in the sixth inning.
Cartersville pounded out 14 hits in the contest.
McWhorter and Griffin Woodall led the attack with three hits each. McWhorter’s hits included a pair of doubles and he scored a run. Woodall scored twice.
Carter Rice, Camdyn Woods and Woody each tossed in a pair of hits. Rice added a walk and scored two runs. Woods scored twice. Woody walked twice and crossed the plate twice.
Matthew Morris had one hit, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Trenton Harris added a hit and a run. Logan Buchanan was hit by a pitch and later scored, while J.P. Gooch coaxed one walk.
Fuller, Moore, Ward and Jacob Jones had the Bartow County hits in Sunday’s contest. Colton O’Neal, Zach Hawkins and Isaac Burnett each walked once and scored runs for Bartow.
Cartersville Gold 12U advances to state
Pitcher Peyton Bowen struck out 13 of the 17 batters he faced and allowed only a pair of singles with no walks as Cartersville Gold 12U blanked Whitfield County Friday night 10-0 to win the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 championship in Calhoun.
Cartersville Gold 12U was a perfect 4-0 in the week-long, seven-team event with wins over Bartow White, Calhoun and Whitfield County twice. Cartersville defeated Whitfield County once in the second round and again in the finals.
The district win sends Cartersville Gold 12U to the double-elimination GRPA state tournament beginning next Tuesday at Augusta’s Diamond Lakes Youth Center. According to the published GRPA state tournament schedule, Cartersville is scheduled to face the District 2-B runner up in the first round at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
In Friday’s title clincher, Cartersville scored two runs in the first inning and added eight more in the second frame to take complete control.
Bowen finished with three hits, including a first-inning, two-run home run and a double in the second inning. Will Camp and Nicolas Wright contributed two hits each and both scored two runs. Traver Groves tossed in a double and scored a run while Talan Nix, Davis Waddell and Noah Pogue added a hit each and all scored one run. Logan Woody had a base hit and Ben Turcotte scored a run after reaching on a Whitfield error.
Cartersville Purple 14U wins district title
Cartersville Purple defeated Bartow County 10-1 Thursday night to win the 14U GRPA District 5 tournament in Dalton.
The win qualified Cartersville Purple 14U for the GRPA state tournament next week at Diamond Lakes Park in Augusta. However, a revised bracket posted to the GRPA website Tuesday didn't list Cartersville as one of the participants.
It's presumed, since it doubles as the Cartersville Junior Little League representative, the team will skip the GRPA state tournament to focus on its LL schedule, including a District 1 championship series against Bartow County this weekend.
Thursday, Cartersville pounded out 16 hits and broke open a 3-0 game with seven runs in the sixth inning. Cartersville had scored single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
Down 10-0, Bartow scored a single run in the sixth inning for the final score.
Cartersville pitchers Ayden Ray and Geoffrey Gore combined to limit Bartow County to a single unearned run on five hits and five walks. The pair struck out 13 total batters with Ray whiffing 11 over his 4 2/3 innings.
Ten Cartersville players had at least one hit each led by Ray’s three hits that included a double and a triple. Colt Williams and Colin Genrich both had two hits, including a double each. Sawyer Wilson also had two hits.
Turner Abernathy, Tripp Bradley, Trenton Payne, Justin Peace and Gore added one hit apiece.
Landon O’Neal had two hits for Bartow County. Steven Rivera, Luke Hollis and Corey Brookshire added one hit each.