The two games of Cartersville's Region 5-AAAA home doubleheader Saturday against Troup County could not have been more different.
Game 1 featured a two-inning offensive onslaught by Troup in an 11-4 win, while Colbi Ballard pitched a shutout in Game 2 of Cartersville's 5-0 win.
Ballard, who also went 4-for-6 at the plate with three doubles, a walk and four RBIs over the two games, struck out 10 Troup batters and allowed just three hits in Game 2.
The second game was close for six innings, with the Canes pushing across three runs in the seventh inning on doubles by Anna Kate McElhaney and Ballard, and singles by Lauren McElhaney and Presley Edwards, all in a row.
In the first inning, Cartersville scored on a sac fly by Ballard. In the fifth inning, an error scored Mattie Johnson from third base after Johnson reached on a dropped third strike and advanced on a stolen base and a single by Anna Kate McElhaney.
That was more than enough run support for Ballard, who allowed Troup baserunners to reach scoring position in just one inning in the game.
Cartersville was not as good at keeping Troup off the basepaths in the first game, though. The Tigers scored 11 runs on just eight hits, due in large part to six walks and a couple of costly errors.
The Canes actually held a 4-1 lead after a three-run fourth inning, but Troup scored five runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to put the game away.
Three consecutive singles by Hope Short, Cio Seigler and Ballard scored one run in the third inning. A hit by pitch and three errors brought home Cartersville's three runs in the fourth.
The Lady Canes are now 4-2 on the year and 2-2 in region play. They will next take the field Tuesday back at home against Sandy Creek.
Adairsville drops pair
The Adairsville High softball team struggled to score in the Lady Cat Classic in Dalton on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers fell by scores of 2-1 to Ridgeland and 14-1 to Heritage.
Both of the losses were non-region games and Adairsville is now 2-7 overall.
The Tigers will resume action at Calhoun Monday.
Cass volleyball goes 1-2 at Coosa
The Cass High volleyball team played three matches over the course of Saturday as part of the Coosa Invitational.
The Lady Colonels took one of those matches, beating Unity by scores of 25-22 and 25-16.
Facing defending state champ Coosa in each of the other two matches, it did not go as well for Cass. Coosa won 25-13, 25-7 in the first match of the day and 25-8 and 25-10 to end the Colonels' tournament.
Cass head coach Alan Potter said his team was just "overcome by [Coosa's] strong play," but did point out Alexis Ware, Madison Philpott and Keegan Krause as standouts from the day.
Cass will return to the courts Tuesday at Rome in a tri-match with the Wolves and Chattooga.