If you only look at the record, you would think that the Cartersville Baseball Team has gotten off to a rough start. But the team is not worried about their 1-3 start. They have played 3 tough 6A opponents, and lost all three games by a total of 7 runs, including a 3-2 loss to Parkview, ranked #2 nationally. Coach Chester annually runs his team through a tough non-region gauntlet of tough opponents introduce the team to adverse situations early in the season in order to prepare them for the intensity and pressure of games later in the season.
Saturday, the Hurricanes to traveled to State Mutual Stadium in Rome, GA to participate in the Fourth Annual Rome Braves High School Invitational in an exhibition game against Coosa High School. After 4 scoreless innings, the Canes unleashed their offense and capitalized on a few of Coosa’s miscues to score 7 runs in the final 3 frames on the way to a 7-0 victory.
Zach Yancey, Mason Barnett, Jacob Fowler, Chet Taylor, and Harrison Osborn all combined to pitch a 2-hit shutout
Zach Yancey, Carrington Evans, Trevor Lowe, Elliot Anderson, and Anthony Seigler (not pictured) combined for 7 extra-base hits in the game.
The Cartersville baseball team took a break from playing Class 6A powers Saturday and made a trip up to Rome for a game against Coosa at State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves.
Not only did the Canes get a chance to play at a minor league ballpark, but they also picked up their first win of the season by a score of 7-0 over Coosa.
“Heck yeah, it’s cool to get a win there. It doesn’t matter if it’s [win] No. 1 or No. 25, it’s a great atmosphere,” Cartersville head coach Stuart Chester said of playing at State Mutual. “The crowd that we had from Cartersville, l really appreciate them coming out on a Saturday night and supporting our program. We had a huge crowd.”
The game was scoreless through the first four innings, but the bats eventually came alive for the Canes in the fifth as they put up back-to-back three-run innings. Freshman Mason Barnett led off the fifth with a single and then scored with one out on a Trevor Lowe double to right field. Anthony Seigler followed with a double of his own to score Lowe, and Seigler came around to score on a Parker Tidwell single to take a 3-0 lead after the top of the fifth.
Out of the 11 hits Cartersville had in the game, six went for extra bases and five were doubles.
“It’s a big park, and they did a good job running the bases today, putting the pressure on [Coosa], making them make the throw,” Chester said of the extra-base hits. “We had worked on that some and they got better at it. When you advance a base when you’re not supposed to, it really puts pressure on the defense.”
Cartersville then scored three more runs in the sixth. Carrington Evans led off the inning with a double to right field and scored on a single by Jacob Fowler. Lowe then reached on a fielder’s choice, Parker Roberson doubled and two runs came around to score on a Seigler triple.
In the seventh, the Canes would add one more run after Elliott Anderson singled to lead off the inning and an error put two runners on base for Noah Daniel. Daniel singled to score the seventh and final run in the game.
After one hit in the first four innings, the Canes registered 10 in the final three.
“The pitchers were very good. They threw strikes. They made plays. They had a good ballclub. They’ll make some noise in the region a little bit,” Chester said of Coosa. “It’s not Parkview and it’s not Johns Creek by any means, but they have a good baseball team.
“With that lefty on the mound [Peyton Moore], he was doing a good job keeping us off balance. You get through the lineup once and get your timing down, it was just a game of opportunities. We hit the ball hard and they made the plays they needed to make. And finally, in the fifth inning, it started falling for us.”
On the mound, Cartersville pitchers held Coosa to just two hits in the game and the Canes defense committed zero errors.
Zach Yancey got the start and threw three innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and had one strikeout. Barnett and Fowler then came in and combined to throw three innings with five strikeouts, one walk and one hit. In the seventh, Chet Taylor got two outs and Harrison Osborn earned the last out as each had one strikeout.
“We threw five guys tonight. We got about 24 in the lineup,” Chester said. “Playing at Rome and the stadium there, we tried to get in as many as we could.”
At the plate, Seigler went 2-for-4 in the game with a double, triple, three RBIs and a run scored. Anderson went 2-for-3 with a double, and Evans, Roberson and Lowe added the other doubles for the Canes.
Cartersville is now 1-3 on the year and will begin the Perfect Game High School Showdown next week at LakePoint.