The win gives the Purple Hurricanes an even dozen wins against two losses on the season and, more importantly, 11 wins against no losses in Region 7-AAA.
"We took care of business tonight and our defense continues to play well," assistant coach Kyle Tucker said, noting Dalton was held to a single run through a steller pitching and defensive effort. "We didn't get a lot of hits but we got some key ones and we got a lot of walks."
Both Colin Bennett and Taylor Wilson greeted Catamount pitchers in the first inning with RBI doubles, then Dalton (9-6, 5-6) got in a charitable mood and walked in four runs. Wilson was later to tally a second double. Ben Venters also recorded two hits in the winning cause.
The Canes added two more runs in the second inning on a wild pitch. Corey Collum got the night's biggest blow with a 3-run homer in the sixth inning, which stretched the Cartersville lead to 12-1 and allowed the Canes to go to the barn early.
Teigh Dooley got the win for Cartersville, pitching all six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. He fanned seven and walked two.
Tucker said the win stood out because the Canes are playing their third game of the week, with two remaining, as Cartersville takes advantage of spring break to make up games lost to adverse weather earlier in the season.
"It helps to score early where you can relax and enjoy playing some," Tucker said.
He said Cartersville is once again hanging its hat on defensive play and strong pitching, something Stuart Chester teams have been noted for. "When the ball is put into play, we are making the plays."
He said it's not just one game that the defensive players are stepping up.
"We made three double plays against Northside-Columbus. That's something you like to see," Tucker said. "We're confident in our defense -- I don't want to jinx us -- but our players have been playing good defense, both our infielders and outfielders."
The Canes return to the diamond today, when they visit Southeast Whitfield. Game time is 5:55 p.m.