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Cartersville Survives Alpharetta



Cartersville, GA - The Canons welcomed in the undefeated Aviators after dropping their first two games against Waleska. Ethan Carroll took the mound first for Cartersville. He got off to a hot start as he strikes out two of his first three batters faced. Walker Shaw was the starter for the Aviators, and he got off to a great start as well. He strikes out two in the first but gives up a double to Ethan Crawley. On to the top of the second and Conlon Walker lays down a lead of single, but he gets thrown out trying to steal second. Tyson Roberson then draws a two out walk before Trey Kaiser hits a single to put him in scoring position. However, Jakob Cowart grounds out before they can get on the board. William Fincher wears one to get on base before stealing second to get in scoring position in the bottom of the second. He quickly finds himself 90 feet away as he reaches third on a passed ball before safely reaching home on another passed ball to put the Cannons up 1-0. Shaw then strikes out the next two batters before they can extend their lead. Jackson Morgan got a two out single, but that’s all the Aviators got in the top of the third. A one out double puts Brady McDevitt in scoring position. A passed ball and a walk later put runners in corners as Kinkade Clark steps to the plate. He delivers with a single that brings McDevitt in to extend their lead to 2-0. Back-to-back walks brought in another run to make it 3-0, but a flyout from Aiden Boileau brought the inning to a close.


Alpharetta is unable to answer back as another single from Walker is all they get in the fourth. Ryan Schatte takes the mound for the Aviators in the bottom of the fourth. Eric Brown gets a leadoff walk then steals second to put himself in scoring position. A one out sac-bunt from Jason Cox puts him on third, but Schatte struck out McDevitt before any damage can be done. The Aviators started off the fifth with a leadoff single from Kaiser, but the next three batters go down in order. The Canons don’t let off the gas as Crawley hits a leadoff double on the first pitch he sees. Not to be outdone Mason Moore hit a monster home run to center field that puts them up 5-0. Kinkade Clark wears one on the next pitch but gets sent back to the bench as William Curcio hits into a double play. Both teams then go three up three down as they blaze through the sixth.


The Aviators started off the seventh with two quick ground outs, but Nelson and Chatham hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first a second. However, Cowart flewout to left before they can bring anyone home. Cartersville go three up three down in the bottom half of the seventh. The Sidearmer Tobias Rupp gets the call for Cartersville as they head to the eighth. He gives up a walk on four straight balls before Curt Bonner lays down a single. Morgan rolled one to short that forces the out at second, but still puts a runner on third. This brings Dawson Bishop on the mound to try and limit the damage. Will Mahoney flies one to right that is caught, but it allows all the base runners to move up and scores the first run for Alpharetta. Dowdell then draws a walk and reaches second on a passed ball that puts runners on second and third. This brings up Conlon Walker who lays down an RBI single that brings in two more runs to make it 3-5. This brings in the third Cannons pitcher of the inning Alex Karst. He strikes out Burton Hahn to stop the rally. Bo Richey comes in to close the game for the Aviators, but he quickly gives up a walk and a single to put runners on first and second. A sac bunt from Curcio moved up the runners and an RBI single brought both of them in to go up 7-3 going into the ninth. Alpharetta doesn’t put up much of a fight with their final three outs as they go down in order to give the Canons their first win in franchise history.


Ethan Carroll gets the win and Walker Shaw gets the loss. Cartersville improves to 1-2 as Alpharetta falls to 2-1. They will face each other again on Saturday back in Cartersville. 

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