High school softball roundup

Cass defeats Rome; Canes, Tigers fall to region foes


Rachael Lee did it all Tuesday in leading Cass to its first win of the young season.

The freshman went 3-for-4 with four RBI and also pitched five scoreless innings to close out the Colonels' 9-5 victory over Rome in Cass' home-opener.

Lee singled in the first and third innings, doubled home two runs in the sixth and even her lone out brought home a run in the fifth. In the circle, she allowed five hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Haley Smith, who finished 2-for-3, doubled in the game's first run in the bottom of the second before Rome's five-run eruption in the third.

Four singles, a triple and a walk ended starter Haley Owens' day without recording an out in the frame. Lee came on at that point, allowing a couple of inherited runners to score but otherwise escaping trouble.

Cass (1-1 overall and in Region 7-AAAAA) began its comeback in its very next at bat.

Freshman Eryn Lee, who also went 3-for-4 and scored three times, led off the inning with a single. Following one of Maggie Collum's three walks, Eryn Lee scored on a passed ball and Rachael Lee singled home Collum to pull the Colonels within 5-3.

After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth, Cass retook the lead for good in the home half.

Smith, a sophomore, tripled to open the frame and Macenzie Dougharty brought her home on a sacrifice fly.

A bunt single by freshman Kelly Young ignited another rally with Eryn Lee provided the accelerant in the form of a game-tying double. Rachael Lee's RBI-groundout gave the Colonels the lead at 6-5.

That one-run margin held until Rachael Lee doubled home Saydee Najarro and Eryn Lee, who hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Fittingly, Rachael Lee set the final margin, stealing home in the bottom of the sixth before retiring Rome in order in the seventh.

Cass will look to grab another home win when Kell visits at 5:55 p.m. Thursday.

Central, Carroll 8, Cartersville 3

For the final six innings of Tuesday's Region 5-AAA high school softball game, Cartersville outscored host Central, Carroll by a 3-2 margin.

Unfortunately for the Lady Canes, a six-run first from Central was too much to overcome, and resulted in an 8-3 loss for Cartersville — the Lady Canes' first defeat of the season.

Four singles, three doubles and a walk during Central's first 10 at bats resulted in Cartersville falling behind 6-0 after one inning of play.

Anna Kate McElhaney came on to pitch with two outs in the first and retired the first batter she faced to end the inning. McElhaney went the rest of the game, allowing just two runs of her own on two hits.

However, the damage was already done.

To Cartersville's credit, the team came right back out in the top of the second inning and responded with a run on a Presley Edwards solo home run with two outs.

Cartersville cut into Central's lead further in the fourth when McElhaney doubled, advanced on Lauren McElhaney's single and scored on an error to make it a 6-2 ballgame after four.

Central was able to string a couple of walks and a couple of singles together in the fifth, though, scoring two runs and widening the lead back out to 8-2.

The Lady Canes added one run in the sixth to make the the margin of defeat a little more palatable when Cio Seigler walked, advanced to third on Anna Kate McElhaney's double and scored on a fielder's choice.

McElhaney went 2-for-2 on the day with two doubles and a walk, while Edwards went 2-for-3.

The Canes, now 2-1 on the year and 1-1 in region play, will step out of region action for an intracounty game Thursday at home against Woodland.

Sonoraville 4, Adairsville 3

Sadye Johnson blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, but those were the only runs the Adairsville softball team could muster in a 4-3 loss to Sonoraville on Tuesday at Tiger Valley.

After Johnson's dinger gave Adairsville a 3-0 lead, the Tigers remained in control, thanks to a defense that turned two double plays early in the game, until the visitors erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth inning.

It spoiled a great night from Johnson, who had three total hits. Chloe Souders, Natalie Burrow and Cortni Jacobs had one hit apiece.

In the circle, Victoria O'Neal struck out eight over six innings. Taylor Rhoades threw one frame with one strikeout.

Despite the defeat, which drops the Tigers to 1-2 overall and in Region 6-AAA play, Adairsville coach Amanda Nelson said the game will only help her team moving forward.

"The girls competed with a top-notch program," Nelson said via text afterward. "We saw our weaknesses and strengths tonight, and we are going to get back to work tomorrow to get better."

The Tigers return to the diamond Thursday with a home game against Coahulla Creek at 5:30 p.m.