But things are already looking up on the mound for Cass as at least two of their potential hurlers are showing signs they can help fill that void based on their play in the Perfect Game baseball tournament being played in northwest Georgia. One of the host schools for the tournament is Cass High School.
Chris Hill and Noah Sims have both been named to all-tournament teams because of their play in the tournament, which is winding down and should conclude in the next two weeks.
Head coach Adam Williams said Hill, who made the 15-year-old all-star team, and Sims, on the 18-year-old all-star team, are representing their team and school well through their play.
“There are 278 teams playing, and for them to make the all-tournament with that many players, especially considering the level of competition that’s on the field, is pretty impressive,” Williams said.
He said both already had earned the attention of their coaches before the Perfect Game tournament kicked off.
“Chris saved a few games for us,” Williams said. “He’s a submarine pitcher. When he’s throwing well, he’s good for three outs. With his pitches, he gets a lot of ground balls hit to us. He’s turned out to be a pretty good little pitcher.”
Williams said Sims has pitched some games for the Colonels and could be in the mix next year.
“If he can come in and compete, he’ll be earning some innings on the mound for us next year,” he said. “We’re excited about both kids and them being able to come in and help us out.”
He added pitching will be a big need for his club next spring.
“We have to replace a very good pitcher,” Williams noted.
The Colonels are losing Dylan Williams, a Colonel who will play at the next level for perennial national baseball power Louisiana State University.
“We need a lot of kids to step up for us,” Williams added. “It’s good to see these two are trying to fill that void for us.”
Williams said the Perfect Game tournament provides a perfect setting for Cass players and their counterparts around Bartow County and northwest Georgia to hone their skills during the summer.
Cass hosts some of those games, and Williams said it’s a treat for him and his coaches to watch the level of competition and monitor how their youngsters are standing up against some of the state’s best players.
Williams said Cass has about half a dozen players involved in the tournament.