The Colonels won their season opener and Williams won his first game as the team’s head coach, defeating visiting Armuchee, 5-2, in a rain-shortened, five-inning game.
“To me it was just another game,” Williams said. “Regarding the players, I was very excited to see them win their first game of the season.”
Cass led 3-0 after the first inning, 5-0 after the second inning. The Indians chipped away at the Colonels’ lead with a run each in the fourth and fifth innings.
“It was to good to see us take an early lead, and then hold that lead in the late innings,” Williams said.
Starting pitcher Dylan Williams struck out seven batters in three innings of work. Reliever Chris Morton pitched the fourth inning while Chris Hill pitched the fifth.
On offense, the Colonels made every one of their five hits count.
Brandon Etheridge and Chaz Wilson had doubles. Sam Ayers, Dylan Williams and Sam Russell each had a base hit.
The Colonels hope to make it two straight against Sonoraville Saturday.
Adairsville wins pair
The Adairsville Tigers will try to make it three straight when they play Northview (Ala.) today at 3 p.m. in Game 3 of the Tri-State Invitational in Bainbridge.
On Thursday, the Tigers defeated McClay School (Fla.) 4-3 in Game 1 and Westover 12-5 in Game 2.
“We won two well-played games,” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop said.
South Forsyth 6, Cartersville 2
Cartersville fell 6-2 to South Forsyth in a rain-shortened high school baseball season opener Thursday at Richard Bell Field.
The Purple Hurricanes stepped up three classifications to entertain the War Eagles, who play in Region 6-AAAAAA, and scored the first two runs on the evening.
South Forsyth responded with six runs to claim the victory in the game, which was called in the fifth inning due to the inclement weather.
“We had a rain and lighting delay,” coach Stuart Chester said. “It’s good to play a AAAAAA school under adverse conditions and everything else that happened.”
Cartersville next plays Collins Hill on Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
South Forsyth next plays Dacula on Monday, which it hosts at 5:55 p.m.
Canes defeat Ringgold in tennis
Cartersville’s tennis teams overpowered host Ringgold to win their first region match of the season Thursday.
The Lady Canes breezed to a 4-0 victory. The Canes dropped only one match in their 4-1 win.
“It’s always nice to get that first region victory of the season,” Canes head tennis coach Melissa Moore said during her drive back from Ringgold.
For the girls, Darian DeFrench and Maddi McGinnis won their singles’ matches 8-0.
Haley Landrum was up 5-0 before the rains came.
In doubles, Ann Beth Fox and Charleston Fox were 8-0 winners, as were Ali Norwood and Sarah Vaughn.
“The girls played hard every match,” Moore said.
In boys’ action, Trevor Gotkowski and Drew Adsit won their singles’ matches, 8-0.
Tyler Hill and Matthew Scott won their doubles’ match 8-6, while Avery Andrews and Wyndam Laye were 8-1 winners.
Ringgold’s lone victory was an 8-5 win in No. 2 singles play.