Cartersville traveled to face the Trojans for the title, but North Hall didn’t make it easy as game two was won in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. The ‘Canes broke a 1-1 tie after Tripp Jamieson hit a walk-off single, knocking in Evan Cole from third base to give them the championship.
Head coach Stuart Chester said, “It was a lot of pressure, but we’ve had that in just about every round…These guys never quit. We’ve been there, we’re seasoned and our guys never panicked.”
Though he has won multiple state championships with the Canes, the latest in 2009, Chester said he couldn’t put into words how it felt to win on Saturday.
“I probably won’t be able to describe that until tomorrow or the day after. It really hasn’t set in yet,” Chester said.
Once the final run was made, the entire team rushed the field, piling up on the pitcher’s mound in celebration with more than 200 Cartersville fans watching and cheering.
“We travel thick. That’s our extra man right there. It helps for our fans to cheer us on like that,” said Chester.
Game one kept the fans at ease early on as the Canes went up 3-0 in the second inning. Chester said he felt good with that lead with senior Hayes Linn on the mound.
For the seniors, this was a perfect way to end their high school career and Chester said he gave them a short speech prior to game one that summed up how he felt.
“I had three words for them: ‘I love you.’”