There will be plenty of tough region games for the Adairsville High baseball team during the remainder of the season with games scheduled against Calhoun, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, North Murray and Ringgold.
That is why it was nice for the Tigers to get an easy road region victory Friday as the Tigers took down Gordon Central by a score of 11-0 in five innings.
Sam Seaman pitched the shutout on the mound for Adairsville. He allowed just two hits, one walk and struck out six.
Hayden Morrow had a big day at the plate as he went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Adairsville scored its first run of the game in the second inning. Morrow, Drake Arp and Justin Green each hit singles to lead off the inning. Morrow advanced on a passed ball and scored from second base on Arp’s single.
While the Tigers stranded two baserunners in the second inning, they would break through in the third with a six-run frame. Hunter Hice and Lane Griffith led off with back-to-back walks. After an out, Morrow singled home a run before Arp hit a sacrifice fly. An error scored another run, a passed ball scored another and a walk to Roger Redd and a single by Orry Carter put two runners on for the top of the lineup. Landon Howren then hit an RBI single before another error and Griffith’s second walk of the frame scored another run and gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, a Gordon Central error helped load the bases again. However, Adairsville was not able to add to the lead.
Instead, the Tigers pounced in the fifth inning, putting up four runs. An error led off the inning, followed by Griffith’s third walk of the game and a single by Seaman to load the bases. Morrow then hit a two-run double and Green followed two batters later with a two-run single to give the Tigers an 11-0 lead.
Adairsville is now 7-6 on the year, 4-2 in Region 6-AAA, and will visit Armuchee Monday.
Dalton 8, Cass 4
The Cass baseball team swept Dalton a season ago. However, the roles were reversed this year as it was the Colonels who were swept.
The Catamounts completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory over the Colonels Friday at Dalton.
Dalton got out to a big early lead by scoring one run in the first inning and four in the second. A walk, a single and a fielder’s choice allowed Dalton to score its run in the first. In the second inning, the Catamounts capitalized on four singles, an error and a hit batsman.
Cass would cut into Dalton’s lead with two runs in the third inning. Bailey Campbell led off and was hit by a pitch. A walk to Jake Collum, a balk and another hit batsman loaded the bases for Boo Reed, who reached on an error, keeping the bases loaded. Nathan Smith then hit a two-out single to drive in Collum.
Despite Cass narrowing its deficit to three runs, Dalton came back in the third with a solo home run by J.P. Tighe.
Cass would score a run of its own in the fourth to make the score 6-3 as Evan Hinton walked, advanced to second on a walk to Brett Gaddy and scored on a double play.
Dalton would once again respond, though, putting up two runs in the bottom of the fourth on an error and a two-out, two-run home run by Brock Nelson to take an 8-3 lead.
Cass would make one last attempt at a comeback in the seventh inning, scoring a run on an RBI single by Reed. However, it would not be enough to take the win as Cass falls to 4-10 on the year and 3-6 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Reed finished with two RBIs in the game and pitched a scoreless sixth inning with three strikeouts. Austin Pruett pitched a spotless 2/3 of an inning and struck out one. Jake Collum got the start and, although he allowed eight runs, only two were earned due to three Cass fielding errors.
Cass will look to get back in the playoff picture with a three-game series against River Ridge, beginning Monday on the road.