The 5th-ranked Cartersville Hurricanes lost a Region 5 4-A contest at 7th-ranked Cedartown Thursday evening, 4-2.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead, but the Canes tied the game in the third inning on a two-RBI double by Jake Gooch. The game remained tied until Cedartown scored the deciding runs in the fifth.
Mason Barnett threw 4.1 innings and allowed four earned runs, walked six batters and struck out five. Levi Ayers finished the game recording five outs; four via the strikeout.
Cartersville is now 20-7 on the season and 6-3 in region play, where it sits third in the region; one game behind first and a half game in front fourth.
Steven Spell tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout Thursday night at Paulding County to keep the Cass Colonels’ state playoff hopes alive.
The Colonels will need to win in their season finale’ Monday against these same Patriots plus get some help. Both Woodland and Villa Rica are a half game in front of Cass in the race for the fourth playoff seed from Region 7 5-A and both have four region games remaining.
Thursday night, the Colonels scored four runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth, which was plenty of run support for Spell, who went the full seven innings, scattered four hits, four walks, and fanned six Patriots. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double.
Bailey Campbell also had a 3-for-4 night at the dish for the Colonels with two RBIs.
Cass is now 14-14 on the season and 7-8 in region play.
The Adairsville Tigers held leads of 4-2 after two innings and 6-4 through five innings Thursday night, but visiting Sonoraville escaped with an 8-7 Region 6AAA win after posting four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Taylor Whitley suffered the pitching loss for Adairsville in relief of starter Sam Seaman who tossed five innings and allowed three earned runs. Kyler Pelfrey and Noah Dutton led the Tigers at the plate with three hits each.
Adairsville is now 9-17 on the season and 4-11 in region play.