The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes baseball team won its fifth straight game to open the 2017 season Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Collins Hill.
Anthony Seigler homered in the bottom of the first to give Cartersville an early lead, but Collins Hill tied the game with a run in the top of the third.
The Canes scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Spencer Dickey finished 2-for-2 and scored a run. Welchel was 2-for-3, scored twice and drove home a run. Noah Daniel was 2-for-3 and Seigler was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, and two RBIs. Devin Warner had the other Canes’ hit and had one RBI.
The Hurricanes then lost for the first time this season at Parkview, 7-3.
Parkview took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held that advantage until the top of the fifth when the Canes scored two runs to tie. The Panthers then responded with a four-run fifth and added another run in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead.
Anthony Seigler threw 3.1 innings and struck out seven for Cartersville. He was also 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Canes’ offense. J.P. Martin hit a homerun in the top of the seventh and Brant Smith had the only other Cartersville hit.
Cartersville is now 5-1 on the season
Woodland pitchers Grayson Bagwell and Trenton Harrison combined on a six-hit shutout Saturday afternoon to blank Darlington in a non-region diamond matchup, 2-0.
Bagwell allowed only three hits and three walks in five innings of work on the mound. He struck out four. Harrison worked the final inning and two-thirds and scattered three hits with no walks and also recorded three strikeouts.
Harrison and Cauy Williams drove in the Wildcats’ runs in the top of the first inning and the pitching and defense took care of the rest.
The Wildcats won a back-and-forth affair in the second game, 8-4.
The Wildcats took the lead for good in the fifth inning with a pair of runs to go up 4-3 and then scored four more times across the next two innings for an 8-4 victory.
Cauy Williams got the pitching win by working into the sixth inning. Koby Stansel closed out the final five outs for a save without giving up a run.
Bryce Evans was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, and one RBI for Woodland. Emmanuel Jones and Garrett Cornett also had two hits. Cornett drew three walks in addition and Jones had one RBI. Jordan Lee (2 RBI), Jacob Frye (RBI), Williams, and Stansel (RBI) had the other Woodland hits.
Woodland is now 7-1 on the season.
The Colonels lost for the first time this season Saturday morning in a back-and-forth battle with visiting Rockmart.
The Class AA 7th-ranked Yellow Jackets took a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but Cass posted five runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Rockmart went back ahead 6-5 in the fourth and the Colonels scored twice in the fifth to lead 7-6.
Rockmart’s three-run sixth inning gave them a 9-7 lead and Cass managed only one more run in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-8 final.
Evan Hinton (2 RBI), Bailey Campbell, and Jake Collum had two hits each for the Colonels.
In their second tight game of the day, the Colonels were edged by visiting Alexander 6-5.
Cass led 3-0 after two innings and 5-2 at the end of the fourth inning, but the Cougars scored three in the fifth and the game-winner in the top of the seventh to slip past the Colonels.
Jake Collum had a two-hit game that included a double and scored a run for Cass. Nathan Smith drove in a pair of runs and was 1-for-3. Zach Yancey and Tyler Hendon had the only other Cass base hits, although the Colonels drew five walks.
Cass is now 5-2 on the season.
Adairsville dropped Game 1 to Jones County 18-17 on Saturday morning.
In the high scoring second game loss, Adairsville outhit the Greyhounds 17 to eight but gave up 10 runs over the last two innings to be edged by a run. The Tigers were also guilty of stranding 11 men on base.
Taylor Whitley had a 7-RBI game on three hits. Sam Seaman, who also started the game on the mound, finished with a 4-for-5 game and 5 RBIs.
In Adairsville’s 7-2 loss, the Tigers scored both of their runs in the top of the first inning.
Jones County also scored twice in the opening frame and then added two-run innings in the third and fifth plus a single run in the fourth.
Adairsville is 0-5 on the season.
The Georgia Highlands baseball team dropped two of three games against Sinclair Community College over the weekend to fall to 6-8 on the season. Colby Taylor threw six strong innings in Friday’s 6-3 victory, but the Chargers would struggle on the mound during Saturday’s doubleheader. The Chargers dropped the first game 8-7 and the second game 7-5 in 13 innings. Matthew Vaccaro, Bronco O’Brien, and Brandon Bell all homered for the Chargers on Saturday.
1:00 Cartersville at Lambert (baseball)
5:00 Woodland at Calhoun (baseball)
5:30 Adairsville vs. Armuchee (baseball)
5:30 Adairsville girls at Coahulla Creek (soccer)
5:30 Cass girls at Carrollton (soccer)
5:30 Woodland girls at Paulding County (soccer)
5:30 Cartersville girls vs. Northwest Whitfield (soccer)
5:55 Cass vs. Sonoraville (baseball)
7:00 Adairsville boys at Coahulla Creek (soccer)
7:00 Cass boys at Carrollton (soccer)
7:00 Woodland boys at Paulding County (soccer)
7:00 Cartersville boys vs. Northwest Whitfield (soccer)