Cartersville is currently in the best position as the Purple Hurricanes are tied for the lead in Region 5B-AAA at 6-1, along with Sonoraville, who defeated Cartersville 3-1 on March 31. The rematch at Sonoraville will be played April 17.
In the other sub-region, Ringgold is 9-1 in region play, but lost to Cartersville on March 27. The two teams meet again at Ringgold on April 15.
Cartersville pitcher Hunter Osborn pitched seven scoreless innings in the game against Ringgold and has been dominant in three outings during region play. In those three games, two starts, Osborn has pitched 14 innings, allowed no runs, four hits and has struck out 23 batters.
As a whole, Cartersville’s pitching staff has allowed just six runs in seven region games.
At the plate, Clifton Dempsey leads Cartersville with a .500 batting average during region play. Destin Herron leads the team in RBIs in the region with nine to go along with two home runs and a .409 batting average.
Brent Arnold is also hitting well in the region with a .400 batting average and a home run.
Adairsville is sitting behind Cartersville in Region 5B-AAA with a record of 3-4.
The Tigers fell victim to a tough three-game stretch to end the month of March, in which they went 0-3. They had consecutive games against Cartersville, Sonoraville and Ringgold in a four-day span. During those games, Adairsville was tied with Cartersville entering the fifth inning on March 25. Cartersville eventually won 8-1. The Tigers then lost by just one run to Sonoraville on March 27 and two runs to Ringgold the next day.
Adairsville still has Cartersville, Ringgold and Sonoraville on the schedule, including the Canes on Friday, and the Tigers have seven region games left to make up ground.
Cass is in a similar position as Adairsville, sitting in third place in Region 7A-AAAA. The Colonels have a 4-2 region record after starting the season 2-7. Cass is on a three-game win streak after sweeping Pickens last week.
The Colonels will now take on first-place River Ridge in a three-game set, beginning today.
Freshman Bailey Campbell is leading the way for Cass at the plate with a .360 batting average. He is hitting .429 in region play with a .500 on-base percentage.
It is the pitching that is leading the way for the Colonels, however, as they have allowed just 2 1/2 runs per game in the region.
Submariner Chris Hill has been nearly unhittable and has not allowed an earned run in region play. He has 1.62 ERA on the season.
Meanwhile, Noah Sims has a 3.164 ERA this year with 32 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
Ben Kapito also has been strong on the mound and has pitched to a 1.17 ERA this season. He has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
Unlike Cass, Woodland was above .500 entering region play, but have struggled in Region 5-AAAAA.
The Wildcats are 3-9 and have lost eight of their last nine games.
Woodland lost its last two games by one run.
A bright spot for the team has been the play of Jarrett Kilgo, who leads the team with a .314 batting average, a .489 on-base percentage and 12 runs scored.
Hunter Siniard also has produced at the plate with a .306 average, 10 runs scored and nine RBIs.
In addition to his performance at the plate, Siniard has pitched well and owns a 1.84 ERA in 19 innings of work.
Fellow pitcher Rodolpho Romo has been one player whose numbers improved in region play.
He has a 2.71 ERA against region opponents.
Romo and the Wildcats still have eight region games remaining as they look to turn the season around.