After the Cass High baseball team swept region foe Hiram on March 11, it was an encouraging time for the Colonels, as they had a winning record in region play and were on a bit of a hot streak.
However, since then, Cass has lost 12 consecutive games and the Colonels find themselves on the outside looking in on the playoff chase.
East Paulding, on the other hand, is still in contention for the top seed in Region 7-AAAAA, and its quality showed through Friday with an 8-1 home win over Cass.
The Raiders scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game and another in the fourth inning before Cass got on the board in the top of the fifth on singles by Thomas Botts and Bryson Markley.
The Colonels’ hope would be short-lived, however, as East Paulding put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the game.
The Colonels made five errors in the game, but that didn’t hurt them as much as timely hitting by East Paulding, as the first four batters in the Raiders’ lineup went 6-for-13 at the plate.
On the mound for Cass, Blaine Ingram came on in relief after most of the damage was done and was not charged a run in his 1 2/3 innings to end the game.
Cass is now 7-17 overall on the year and 3-11 in region play with another game against East Paulding coming up on Monday before ending the season with a a two-game series against another playoff team, Carrollton, on Wednesday and Friday of next week.