By the time the pinball-like scoring machine ended, Cartersville had won, 9-0, to force a winner-takes-all elimination baseball game today.
"We got complacent last night," said coach Chris Frye, whose team gave up a 5-0 lead to Cherokee Wednesday en route to a 9-7 loss.
"Today the boys came out hungry and ready to fight."
Following Curtis Wilkes' single up the middle off Cherokee pitcher Johnny Dow's leg and an error allowing John Reed Evans on base, Dax Edwards hit an RBI double over center fielder Nick Galasso's head to give Cartersville an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
With runners in scoring position, Jacob Frye then laid down a squeeze bunt to score Evans -- one of the team's key plays, said coach Chris Frye, along with a triple by Evans later in the game.
Another error led to two more runs for Cartersville, which led 4-0 after two innings.
In the third inning, Cartersville scored three runs as Josh Mayo and Wilkes scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively.
Evans, who tripled to the center field wall, also scored on a wild pitch to give his team a 7-0 lead.
Cherokee pitchers continued to struggle with their control with Nick Blubaugh, who replaced Dow, allowing two more runs in the fourth inning.
Jacob Frye (leadoff bunt) and Trevor Lawrence (walk) scored to provide the game's final margin.
"The boys stayed aggressive at the plate," coach Chris Frye said afterward. "We had a couple of boys step up for us."
Frye handed game balls out to Wilkes (1-for-2, two runs) and Edwards (1-for-2 RBI double), as well as pitchers Jake Cooper and Grant Harris, who combined for a five-inning no-hitter. (The game ended after five innings when the mercy rule was invoked.)
It was the second no-hitter this week for Cooper, who has now thrown eight scoreless innings after walking just one batter Monday.
On Thursday, he walked four batters and struck out five in three innings.
Harris pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three.
Cartersville will have each of its pitchers available for tonight's game, including who Frye said may be the team's ace in Zach Woods, who returns to Bartow County tomorrow after playing in a baseball tournament in Panama City, Fla.
"We're real anxious about tomorrow night," Frye said. "Zach will come in and fit in (with the team.) The chemistry these boys (have), these boys love each other."
In addition to Wilkes and Edwards, other Cartersville hitters were: Jacob Frye, 3-for-3 (RBI); Lawrence, 1-for-2 (walk); Mayo, 1-for-2; and Evans, 1-for-2 (triple).
In its first game Thursday, Cartersville's 9/10 "A" team beat the Cartersville 9/10 "B" team to set up its rematch with Cherokee.
The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 Mite Boys Baseball Championship final will take place at 7 p.m. on Field 4 at Hamilton Crossing.
In 10-and-under Mite Boys baseball, Bartow defeated Rome-Floyd County, 15-4; while Cherokee County slipped by Cartersville 9/10 "A," 9-7 and Cartersville 9/10 "B" handled Bartow County 10s, 17-2.
In 14-and-under baseball, Bartow doubled up on Dalton, 8-4.