Cartersville was able to make it to the tournament where all 5-AAA teams compete for the top four spots which would go to state. Competing on Oct. 4 in Ringgold, the Lady Canes played Coahulla Creek and North Murray for a chance at the playoffs.
They defeated Coahulla Creek 8-0, but fell to North Murray 5-4. Even with the loss, Cartersville was able to advance as the fourth seed in their region for the state playoffs.
The Lady Canes were to play today, Oct. 10, in their first playoff game, said head softball coach Rick Holsomback.
Finishing the regular season 13-11, the Lady Canes were headed to the region tournament with expectations of playing some tough teams and being able to pull through as they did prior to the tournament.
“We have played well as of late, improving from some tough lessons early in the season. They have responded with a great attitude and willingness to do what it takes to do their job,” Holsomback said
During the regular season, the coach said he had several players take the lead on the field. Sophomore pitcher Annalyn Yantis was 8-4 in region games and batted .423. Sophomore center fielder Hunter Irvin hit .346. Freshman Kennedy Bailey hit .346 with 14 RBIs. Sophomore shortstop Annie Holsomback hit .333 and led the team in RBIs with 15.
During the tournament Rick Holsomback said there were a couple players who stood out and made a difference for the team.
“It was a team effort, of course, but our pitcher did great. She pitched well for us that night and helped us pull through. Also our catcher, [Kailah Rain], was amazing. She had six RBIs just in the last two games,” Holsomback said.
Throughout the regular season, Holsomback said his team’s weakness was “not taking advantage of scoring opportunities consistently,” but they were able to over come that in the region tournament and use their “ability to respond to adversity” to their advantage.