Elbert All Stars find tough sledding at state
Elbert County 8-10 All Stars (L-R) Brycin Hughes, Jackson Black and Braxton Jerome after Black made a circus catch in center field to close out the bottom of the second inning during Elbert’s 16-12 victory over Cartersville July 7 at Holland Youth Sports Complex in Athens. (Photo by Cary Best)
The Elbert County 8-10 All Stars won one out of three games during the state Little League tournament July 6-8 at Holland Youth Sports Complex in Athens.
In the first round, Elbert fell to Vine Ingle Little League of Macon 15-4.
Meanwhile, Cartersville Little League lost to Northern of Columbus 7-1 to set up a competitive second-round losers bracket with Elbert.
Elbert downed Cartersville 16-12 the following afternoon.
Elbert saw an 11-1 lead give way in the fourth inning as its starting pitcher Maddox Adams, who struck out four batters and gave up only three hits, exited the game having pitched his limit.
Cartersville crossed the home plate nine times before Adler Bradford came in for the save. Bradford had four strikeouts in his two innings on the mound.
Adams, who went 3-for-5 batting and reached base in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch, scored Elbert's only run in the fifth inning on a Nolan Henderson single. Henderson also had three hits in the outing.
After Elbert shut out Cartersville in the bottom of the fifth inning, it added four more runs in the final frame.
Braxton Jerome, Bradford, Carson Amabile and Jackson Black scored the insurance runs for Elbert in the sixth inning.
Elbert allowed two runs in the sixth inning before Jerome made the final out at first base.
The local All Stars advanced to play Smyrna Blue Little League July 8.
Smyrna beat West Point 35-1 in the first round but fell to Athens 9-8 in the second.
Unfortunately for Elbert, Smyrna proved to strong to overcome, and Elbert dropped its last game of the state tournament 13-2 July 8.
Smyrna advanced to play Vine Ingle, and Northern will take on Athens in semi-final play after press time today.
Franklin put out West Point with a 17-1 drubbing, and Vine Ingle put out Franklin 22-1.