“We played very well,” Cass head coach Adam Williams said. “I’m proud of the kids, how we battled and came back.”
Casey Patterson was the hero for the Colonels as his two-out, two-run double in the seventh scored Caleb Black and Chris Morton to take the lead.
Cass and Pickens went back and forth in the first four innings as the Colonels’ bats scored four runs in the first three.
In the first inning, Morton reached base when he was hit by a pitch. He then moved to second on Black’s sacrifice bunt and scored on two passed balls.
Pickens would tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but Cass would take it right back in the second with two runs in the inning.
Boo Reed led off with a home run to left field. Freshman shortstop Brett Gaddy then singled and scored on a Morton RBI-single.
However, Pickens would score one run in the bottom of the inning and two more in the third to take the lead.
Cass would tie the game in the fourth when Sam Russell doubled and came around to score.
The game would then change course and each team failed to score in the fifth and sixth innings.
Chris Hill pitched three scoreless innings to keep Cass tied before Patterson’s hit to take the lead in the seventh.
Brandon Etheridge, pitching in his first game of the season, threw a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts to lock up the save.
With the win, Cass moves to 2-2 in region play and will play its second game of the three-game series Thursday at Cass High.
Cartersville 17, Gordon Central 0
When the best team in the region meets the worst team in the region, a lopsided score is bound to ensue.
That was the case Tuesday when Cartersville traveled to Calhoun and defeated Gordon Central in four innings.
Cartersville scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second, nine in the third and three in the fourth to provide more than enough run support for Wyatt Barnett and Jack Mayo, who combined to throw a no-hitter.
Barnett threw three innings and struck out five, while Mayo pitched the final inning and struck out two.
The Canes capitalized on eight Gordon Central errors and four doubles, one each from Destin Herron, Brent Arnold, Clifton Dempsey and Cameron Neal.
Herron led the way with three hits and four RBIs while Riley Richards recorded two hits and three RBIs.
The Canes moved to 4-1 in region play and will face North Murray Thursday at home.
New Trier 10, Woodland 3
New Trier Township High from Winnetka, Ill., is well known nationally for its large enrollment, academic excellence and strong performing arts programs.
However, the Trevians, named after soldiers from the city of Trier, Germany during the Roman Empire, also have an outstanding baseball tradition and have won two state championships since 2000.
Woodland head coach Corey Gochee scheduled the Trevians in between region games Tuesday and the Wildcats competed well for six innings before New Trier was able to pull away, 10-3, at Woodland High.
“Anytime we have to compete at the plate, we can get some at bats in, that’s what we want,” Gochee said of what his team got from the game. “I’m always interested in playing someone from outside, learn something from something they do and play someone of their caliber.”
Woodland was able to punch through the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Hayden Siniard hit a two-out RBI single to bring in Jarrett Kilgo.
On the mound for the Wildcats was Rodolpho Romo, who pitched three strong innings before the New Trier lineup got to him in the fourth.
The Trevians scored four runs in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
Woodland began to chip away at the lead in the fourth by manufacturing a run on the basepaths along with some timely hitting. Mason Robinson hit a one-out single, stole second and then tagged up on a flyball to right field to put himself on third base. Braden Harris then drove him in with an RBI double to left field to make the score 6-2.
In the fifth inning, Woodland scored another run when Kilgo walked and worked his way around the bases before scoring on a groundball.
Mitchell Taylor relieved Romo in the fourth inning and was able to keep the Wildcats in the game until the seventh inning when New Trier scored four runs to put the game out of reach.
Both Romo and Taylor pitched well until their last innings of work.
“They swung the bat,” Gochee said of New Trier. “Neither one of those guys [Romo or Taylor] has extended their pitch counts very much. They haven’t been accustomed to throwing that many pitches.”
Gochee was encouraged by Woodland’s offense, however, as the Wildcat batters reached base 12 times.
Justin Allen went 2-for-3 with a walk in the game from the leadoff spot.
“That’s what I like. We have a few guys playing hard,” Gochee said of the offense. “Justin has gotten a chance here late. He had a chance at the beginning of the year and struggled a little bit, but once he gets his chances he has to make it happen and he’s done a much better job of that, especially as of late.”
Robinson also had two hits for Woodland and now has five in his last two games.
Also in the last two games, Woodland has not made an error, something Gochee is pleased with.
“Defensively we had another game where we didn’t make any errors and that’s the key for us,” he said. “We have to play good defense. That’s one of the three keys to the game, that and throw strikes and punch through a few runs, play smallball.”
Woodland will hope to continue its streak of clean games in the field when the team takes on East Paulding Thursday in the third of four games this week. “Our pitching is spread thin. We have some guys who are sick, but we have to battle,” Gochee said. “We have to play defense. We have to throw strikes. Hopefully, we’ll get some guys healthy and be ready to go on Thursday and Friday.”
The Wildcats are now 6-10 and are 3-7 in Region 5-AAAAA.