Cass lost its best-of-three series to Northwest Whitfield and a chance to win the 7-AAAA region championship by virtue of dropping two straight games.
Now, for the good news.
The Colonels, the number No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAA, will be hosting their first state playoff baseball game for the first time in 36 years. Their first round opponent will be Columbia High School.
“We’re excited about playing in the state playoffs, but it sure would have been nice to win the region championship,” coach Adam Williams said.
“We had our chances to win it, but give credit to Northwest Whitfield. They played hard and never gave up.”
All three playoff games were played at Northwest Whitfield.
Cass had taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with its 4-1 win in Game 1 Thursday. Dylan Williams, the winning and starting pitcher, struck out 14 in seven innings.
The Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the first and then took the lead for good with two runs in the third. Northwest Whitfield came back with a run in its home half of the third. Cass added an insurance in the top of the seventh.
In Game 2, Cass and Northwest Whitfield were tied 2-2 after seven innings. The Colonels didn’t arrive back home until 12:30 p.m., nearly two hours after Northwest Whitfield pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 10th to tie the series.
“Once you win that first game, you want to finish them off in Game 2,” Williams said. “But that wasn’t the case, which meant a deciding Game 3.”
In Game 2, the Colonels led 2-0 by scoring once in the first and third innings. Northwest Whitfield tied it up at 2-2, with single runs in the home half of the third and fifth innings.
“It was a tough loss, but we had been playing best-of three series for nearly five weeks. We were confident that we could get the job done in Game 3.”
On Friday, around 2 p.m., the Colonels boarded the bus more time for Game 3, which had a 6 p.m start.
Cass got off to a good start, building a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Heading into the top of the seventh, the Colonels trailed by one.
“We just couldn’t hold the lead,” Williams said. “It was a tough loss, but we played hard for three games. Like I said before, we just didn’t finish.”
While the Colonels did not win the region championship, they did finish the regular season, 14-9, 8-4, and champions of 7A-AAAA South.
Chaz Wilson, who was the starting pitcher in Game 3 against Northwest Whitfield, was the starting and winning pitcher in the Colonels’ final regular season game against Cedartown.
Cass won that game, 1-0.
Wilson pitched into the sixth against Northwest Whitfield before being relieved with one out and runners at first and third.
Williams admitted that the one-run loss to Northwest Whitfield in Game will sting for a while.
“The loss hurts, but the good news is that we will be playing at home when the state playoffs begin,” Williams said.