12U Canes win back-to-back state titles
by David Royal
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The Cartersville 12U Canes have won back-to-back state championships through the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.

Mike Streetman, youth athletic coordinator for the city of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, said the team claimed the title by defeating Rome, 16-0.

“Due to inclement weather, Cartersville was declared as the 2014 state champions due to being the only undefeated team,” he said. “Rome finished second due to being the last team defeated, going to the loser’s bracket.”

Streetman said the state title is quite an accomplishment for the team.

“They’ve been playing together for a long, long time,” he said. “Winning a championship is great for the kids and that’s why we do what we do. It’s something they’ll remember the rest of their lives.”

Streetman said the title says something about the quality of kids in the recreation department and also their coaches. “I know their coaches have been working with them quite a while.”

He said the team’s head coach is Tony Evans.

“This is the second son he’s coached through the recreation department,” Streetman added. “He’s taken them both to the state championship.”

Cartersville punched its ticket to the state playoffs by claiming the District 5 title in Dalton at Heritage Park.

The Purple Hurricanes went 4-0 in Dalton.

They defeated Tallapoosa, 6-3, as Carter Owen, Clay Ross and Preston Welchel combined for a two-hitter. Welchel supplied the power with a double and a homerun.

The Canes powered past Cartersville No. 2, 14-4, as Logan Martin allowed one hit and no runs in three innings of work. The Canes had 13 total hits, including a double by Titus Jones, with hits by Logan Cagle (two), Welchel and Martin.

The Canes ambled past Rome (Pepperell), 5-1. Owen threw for four innings, allowing two hits and one run. Welchel struck for two home runs.

Cartersville defeated Tallapoosa again in the district championship game, 8-1. Hits included a double by Brady Evans (two) and Preston Welchel. Williams hit a triple and a home run. The Canes had 10 hits in the game.

Savannah games

The local team went 3-0 in Savannah on July 8-11.

Cartersville opened play at the state playoffs by defeating the Slaw Dawgs from District 2, 16-6.

The leading Hurricane hitters were Chris Davis, two; Jonah Gambill, three; Owen, two; and Kaison Williams, three.

The Canes topped the Savannah Sun Devils from District 2, 9-6.

Gambill had two hits, including a home run, for the cause. Welchel tallied three hits. The Canes pounded out nine hits.

Owen, Gambill, Ross and Martin combined for a four-hitter.

Cartersville defeated Rome, the District 5 runners up, 16-0.

Davis had two hits, including a home run, and Gambill had a home run. Also registering hits were Caz Smith, two; Welchel, three; and Williams, three hits, including a grand slam home run. The Canes combined for 16 hits and Williams and Ross allowed two hits.

Hitters and pitchers

The Hurricane home run siren sounded eight times during the two tournaments. The homers were hit by Welchel, three; Williams, two; Gambill, two, earning the nickname Pizza Man Making A Delivery; and Davis, one.

Also credited with strong pitching performances throughout the playoff run for the Canes were Davis, Gambill, Martin, Owen, Ross, Welchel and Williams.

The 8U Canes placed second and the 10U Canes finished with the third-place trophy in their respective age divisions.