Three of its high school teams made the state playoffs and a fourth just missed realizing that dream.
That impressive success began with Cartersville, which won 30 games against seven losses in a season that closed with a run through the state playoffs that netted the Canes their sixth state championship trophy.
The Purple Hurricanes closed the deal with a pair of wins over North Hall, 4-2 and 2-1, against a pair of pitchers who had intimidated their opponents all season long. The Canes’ pitching corps outdueled their heralded opponents and Cartersville’s formidable offensive machine found the right mixture of timely hits to win the battle on the scoreboard.
Also turning in an impressive season was Cass High, whose 18-12 overall record included a sweep of its first state playoff opponent. The Colonels’ season closed with a 5-4 loss to Troup County, which swept Cass in the second round of the state playoffs.
Also making the state playoffs this season were the Adairsville Tigers, who went 7-6 in Region 5B-AAA.
The Tigers lost to North Oconee, another traditional baseball power, in the playoffs to close out their year.
The only Bartow school not making the state playoffs was Woodland, but it just missed. The Wildcats finished 14-12 overall with a 10-10 record in tough Region 5-AAAAA. However, they came up short at the end of the season, when they closed with a 2-5 won/loss record.
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