Cartersville bounced back from a 3-0 deficit with an inspired effort to take the series with a 7-5 win against Buford
Buford split its Class AAA semifinal series Monday and Cartersville will play Game 3 without its head coach, who was ejected and received an automatic two-game suspension
Instead of waiting to see if the second delay would clear, officials didn’t take long to pull the plug on the match, wiping out what was a 3-2 lead for the Rams.
Jake Higginbotham was nearly perfect in the opener as the lefty went all seven innings with just two hits, no walks and 15 strikeouts as the Wolves (27-2) blanked the Golden Lions 7-0.
Blessed Trinity came into the match ranked second in AAA, while Buford was ranked No. 3. When the dust had settled after Wednesday night’s match, it was Blessed Trinity celebrating a trip to the quarterfinals after a 3-1 win over the Wolves.
Defending state champion Parkview squeaked out a win in Game 1, but couldn't complete the first-round sweep as the visitors took Game 2
Parkview (17-2) held the War Eagles to just four shots on goal, none of those which were serious threats, and continually frustrated the South Forsyth offense by challenging every possession in Parkview territory.
Facing sixth-ranked Lambert in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs, South took a 2-1 lead in the middle of the second half and held off a furious charge in the closing minutes to come away with a 2-1 win.
The win pushed the Bears to 19-4 overall and 10-3 in the region, keeping Mountain View with at least a share of the region lead.
Turley (1-1) wasn’t dominating as he only struck out one, but his effeciency and control (77 pitches, two walks) of two pitches were more than enough to keep the North hitters off balance.