The Adairsville softball team didn't participate in Friday's portion of the Buccaneer Bash, but the Tigers didn't look out of place whatsoever in Saturday's segment of the massive tournament.
Adairsville took a late lead to edge out East Paulding, 5-4, and jumped out early en route to a 9-1, five-inning victory over North Oconee in a pair of wins at Hamilton Crossing.
Against the Raiders, the Tigers (4-5) used a four-run fourth inning to seize control. East Paulding (6-8) made two errors and hit two batters to gift Adairsville its first run and load the bases for Sadye Johnson. The standout junior singled home a run; Alexa Varner then scored on a wild pitch; and Megan Gregory had an RBI groundout.
A run in the fourth and three in the fifth allowed East Paulding, which was playing as the visitors, to tie the game.
But Adairsville came right back in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good. Johnson drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Gregory's single. Victoria O'Neal followed with a single to score Johnson.
O'Neal, who pitched a complete game, made sure the lead held. The junior worked around a leadoff single in the seventh to finish off her solid game with six hits and two walks allowed against nine strikeouts.
Offensively, the Tigers had just three hits against the Raiders, but they erupted for 13 knocks against the Titans, including six in a five-run first inning.
Chloe Souders singled home Varner, who led off the inning with a triple. Taylor Rhoades hit a two-run single, and the junior scored on a sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Jarrett. Mia Scott rounded out the early onslaught with a single to score Fortenberry.
Souders added an RBI single in the second inning, driving home Wade. North Oconee finally got on the board in the top of the fourth, but a three-run bottom of the fifth allowed Adairsville to invoke the run rule.
Rhoades and Jarrett led off the inning with consecutive singles. Scott drove in Rhoades, and with two outs, Varner socked a two-run, walk-off double to end the game.
Adairsville will hope to carry the momentum into Tuesday's home Region 6-AAA game against Murray County.
Cass finishes 3-1 in classic
One bad inning is all that kept Cass from a perfect showing in the Buccaneer Bash.
After a thrilling rally over Pickens, a rout of Campbell and a hard-fought victory against Coffee, the Colonels made just ran out of gas in a loss to North Oconee.
Friday saw Cass (5-2) open the tournament with a back-and-forth, 9-8 win against Pickens.
The Colonels scored single runs in each of the first three innings only to see the Dragons (6-5) rally for a 5-3 lead. Cass quickly knotted the score but looked to be sunk after allowing three runs in the top of the seventh.
Not to be outdone, the Colonels struck for four runs in the home half for a walk-off win. Haley Smith's single and Saydee Najarro's fielder's choice brought home one run each to pull Cass within 8-7. With one out, Kelly Young singled home Hailie Owens to tie the game but an error allowed the winning run to score, as well.
Against Campbell, Cass scored in every inning of its 13-1, four-inning win.
The Colonels pushed across one run in the first, two in the second, eight in the third and two in the fourth.
Kylee Hembree eased to a win in the circle, striking our six while allowing just one run — unearned — on two hits and two walks. Young went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored; Eryn Lee finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two driven in; and Smith wrapped up her outstanding day, which included five total hits, with a 2-for-3 showing, two runs scored and one RBI.
Saturday, Cass returned to Hamilton Crossing and picked up an 8-5 win over Coffee.
The Colonels once again jumped out early with three runs in the first, two in the second and one in the fourth. However, the Trojans pulled within 6-5 after four innings. Single runs in the fifth and sixth innings gave Cass more than enough insurance.
Alexis Woods led the Colonels offense with a 3-for-4 display and two runs scored. Lee reached three times; Young had two more hits; and Hembree drove in two runs. Hembree also pitched a complete game. She only struck out one but managed to scatter seven hits and one walk in allowing just three earned runs.
A nearly perfect tournament turned sour with a 10-8 loss in the finale.
After a five-run first inning put Cass in the driver's seat, North Oconee battled back with two runs in the fourth. The Colonels responded with three in the home half, but when the Trojans erupted for eight runs in the top of the fifth, there was no answer.
Hembree led the offense, finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Cass will look to put that final inning behind it Tuesday with a road trip to Hiram.
Canes win pair, drop finale
The Cartersville softball team wound up 2-1 in the Buccaneer Bash, winning its lone Friday game and splitting a pair Saturday — all at Hamilton Crossing.
On Friday, Kiley Arnold allowed no earned runs in a 7-2 victory over Ridgeland. The freshman only struck out one but didn't issue any walks and gave up five hits.
Offensively, the Canes (6-6) came out strong with single runs in each of the first two innings before the Panthers (2-12) evened the score. A four-run bottom of the third capped off by a Madison Lingerfelt two-run single put Cartersville back in charge. Cio Seigler, who doubled and tripled, drove in Hope Short in the fifth inning, which proved to be the final frame due to a time limit.
In Saturday's opener, Cartersville routed East Paulding by a 12-3 margin. The Raiders scored single runs in the bottom of the first, third and fifth innings, but the Canes had already put up totals of three, three and six runs, respectively, in those same frames.
Ava Perkins and Arnold both went 3-for-3; Campbell Rogers had two hits, two runs scored and four RBIs; Short picked up two hits, scored one run and drove in three. In the circle, Perkins struck out seven with three walks and five hits allowed. Two of the three runs she allowed were earned.
Similar to Cass, Cartersville's solid tourney showing ended on a down note in a Saturday afternoon defeat. The Canes managed just two hits in a 3-0 loss to Spalding.
Arnold gave up three runs (two earned) in two innings, and Perkins pitched four shutout frames. Anna Kate McElhaney finished 1-for-2 with a walk, and Mikey Lewis singled in a pinch-hitting appearance.
Cartersville has non-region road games next week at Coahulla Creek (Monday) and Rockmart (Wednesday).
Woodland goes winless
The Woodland softball team finished 0-3 in the Buccaneer Bash, but it wasn't like the Wildcats played low-level competition. Facing two 6A programs and a 7A squad, Woodland lost its trio of games by a combined 10 runs.
On Friday at Hiram, Sprayberry scored the final four runs of a 6-2 win. Woodland gave up two runs in the first inning, but the Wildcats scored single runs in the second and third innings. The Yellow Jackets answered with a three-spot in the home half of the third and tacked on one in the fourth.
Cassie Jones went the distance, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and one walk. She struck out one. Offensively, Morgan Cooper finished 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, a run and an RBI; Bella Carnes had two hits; and Allyssa Motes drove in one run.
In Saturday's first game at Lassiter, Lowndes jumped out with a five-run first inning en route to an 8-5 victory. Woodland narrowed the deficit with two runs in the second inning, but Lowndes pushed across a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Wildcats scored three in their half of the fifth to narrow the final deficit.
Lainey Baker took the loss, despite only allowing four earned runs. She gave up eight hits and two walks but added six strikeouts. Woodland outhit Lowndes with Jones, Kendyl Hardin and Kailey Baker each having two knocks each. Jones scored once and drove in a pair, while Hardin scored two runs.
Woodland's tourney ended with a 4-1 loss to Sequoyah Saturday at Lassiter. The Wildcats held a brief 1-0 lead after Jones singled home Cooper in the top of the fourth. The Chiefs (10-3) canceled out the run in the home half of the frame, and they went ahead with a three-spot in the fifth.
Hope Schultz pitched well but ran into trouble in that fifth inning. Overall, she gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits. She had one strikeout and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Lainey Baker wasn't charged with a run over her 1 2/3 frames.
Carnes had two of Woodland's six hits.
The Wildcats will look to end a four-game losing streak, when they host Villa Rica on Tuesday.