The finale against the Panthers was a culmination of all the things that came together for the team during the tournament, Cartersville coach Bill Graves said.
“The team played great defense. Everyone from top to bottom in the lineup hit the ball real well and our pitching was on this weekend,” Graves said, trying to recall manager Eric Stewart’s message to the players after the win. “All facets of our game were doing very well, clicking.”
Graves said most of the players on the Canes team have a familiarity with one another that bodes well for the team’s success.
“Most of the kids have played together for a few years now,” he continued, noting that the players have won various tournaments together. “They’ve won a few tournaments along the years and they just continued to build on their success.”
The coach said no one particular player carried the team, but all of the members of Cartersville performed well.
“All of ’em played well,” Graves added. “Baseball’s a team sport and that’s what we keep teaching the guys. As a team we’re able to accomplish the things we do.”
The Canes take the Fourth of July weekend off but return to the diamond a week later, though they have yet to determine where to play.
“[We’re] taking this week off and we’ll actually be back in action July 9,” Graves said. “We had played in five or six tournaments since the kids got out of school ball.”