Cartersville’s Anthony Seigler homered and tossed a three-hitter Tuesday night at Troup County, but the 2nd-ranked Tigers edged the 5th-ranked Hurricanes 2-1 with a late run and clinched the 2017 Region 5 4-A championship.
Troup has region losses to Central-Carrollton and Cedartown but swept two games with both LaGrange and Cartersville.
Troup scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jared Helton led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Ryan Bliss, an Auburn commit, had his second sacrifice fly of the game.
Cartersville threatened in the seventh and had runners at second and third, but failed to push either across.
Cartersville (21-8, 7-4) closes out the regular season region slate Thursday at Richard Bell Field vs. Central-Carrollton and is now fighting to be the third seed in the region, although the Canes could be the fourth seed if things do not break their way.
The Adairsville Tigers scored a pair of runs late and held off Bremen Tuesday night at home for a 4-3 Region 6-AAA win and the 200th win as a head coach for Adairsville’s Billy Roper.
Caden Gibbs tossed five strong innings and Garrett Mishoe and Sam Seaman closed out the final two frames for the Tigers.
Gibbs allowed only one run on six hits and a walk to pick up the pitching victory. He fanned four. Mishoe gave up a pair of runs in the sixth and opening the seventh on one hit and a walk. Seaman entered in the seventh and allowed only one hit to earn a save.
Hunter Hice drove in Adairsville’s two first inning runs with a two-out double. Noah Dutton and Taylor Whitley had singled in front of Hice and scored on the play.
Seaman had an RBI double in the fifth and Halen Huskins had an RBI single in the sixth to account for the Tigers’ final two runs that would ultimately be the difference in the game.
Adairsville is now 10-17 on the season and 5-11 in region play.