From the Times-Georgian Newspaper
|Experience prevails in 7-0 Purple Hurricane win |
By Jennifer Iannone
| Although Central knew Cartersville’s tradition and history, Lions coach David Gibbs said his team didn’t allow that to intimidate them. |
But even if Cartersville’s reputation didn’t make them nervous, the Purple Hurricane’s experience prevailed in a 7-0 Region 6-AAA ballgame Friday night.
Cartersville coach Stuart Chester said he expects a tough competition each time he travels to Central, especially after the tough loss his Purple Hurricanes suffered to the Lions in 2003.
“This is a place that we come to that it’s hard for us to play,” Chester said. It goes back to 2003 when we got beat. It was a war and that’s what we expect every time we come here.”
That was the year that Central reached the Elite Eight under Coach Rodney Kay.
| But in most recent years, Chester has put together solid teams. |
His Purple Hurricanes (21-2, 9-0 Region 6-AAA) are back-to-back Region 6-AAA champions and last year reached the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state playoffs before Columbus ended their run.
“They’re one of the top teams in the state,” Gibbs said. “You know that runs are going to be hard to come by and your pitching and defense has got to be as good as it’s ever been to compete with.”
On Friday, the runs were certainly hard to come by for the Lions.
Although Central (4-15, 2-7 Region 6-AAA) mustered only two hits throughout the game, it still managed to get runners on base with walks and hits batsmen.