This time Gilmer was able to pick up the region win by a score of 5-3 to set up the rubber match today at Gilmer High.
Similar to Tuesday’s game, Cass exhibited strong performances on the mound. Unlike Tuesday, two key errors allowed Gilmer to score multiple runs in the third and fifth innings, which ultimately cost Cass the game.
Bradley Hood was the starter for Cass and allowed just one hit in four innings of work. However, an error allowed the leadoff batter to get on base in the third inning with no outs. Gilmer’s Garrett Rigdon then sacrificed the runner over, bringing up Dusty Lacey, who hit a groundball back to Hood. Hood attempted to put out the Gilmer runner heading to third base. Instead, the runner was called safe, and Gilmer had runners on the corners with one out. A hit batsman then loaded the bases for Tucker Plouffe, who walked to score a run. Dalton Stephens then grounded out to score another and give the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage.
The Colonels would respond in the bottom half of the inning, however. Alex Yauslin singled with one out before a Gilmer error moved Yauslin to second. Caleb Black then singled to load the bases. Bailey Campbell was able to bring Yauslin home when he flied out to deep center field for the sacrifice fly.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Gilmer posted another multi-run inning when an error with one out put a runner on base. A subsequent infield single, walk and wild pitch scored one run. Gilmer’s Noah Wilson then hit a two-run single to give his team a 5-1 lead.
Cass would cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the inning when Yauslin’s double down the line put a runner on with one out. Chris Morton then drove Yauslin home with a double of his own into the left field gap.
The Colonels would threaten for more in the seventh inning when Gilmer starter Mayson Carver began to lose control and hit the first two batters Cass sent to the plate. Yauslin then walked, loading the bases with no outs. Campbell walked two batters later to bring in one run, but two strikeouts in the inning left the Colonels’ comeback hopes short.
Yauslin was the leading run scorer for Cass with two. He went 2-for-3 in the game with a double. Campbell was responsible for two of the runs driven in for Cass.
Hood finished four innings for Cass and struck out five batters. Kyle Lannom pitched the sixth and seventh innings for the Colonels and did not allow a hit or a run.