The Cass High baseball team spent its last game of the season Friday playing catch-up, and despite a couple of near comebacks, the Colonels were never able to get over the hump against a top-10 ranked team in Class 5A at Carrollton.
With the 10-5 loss, Cass finishes the year 7-20 overall and 3-14 in Region 7-AAAAA. At one point, the season looked promising. However, Cass ended the year on a 14-game losing streak, which came at the worst possible time in the heart of region play.
Cass fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, and playing one of the region’s best teams, that made for a difficult comeback try. Still, the Colonels were able to draw back within one or two runs two separate times over the course of the game.
The first comeback rally came in the top of the second when Cass scored three runs to cut Carrollton’s lead to one. The big hit came with two outs and two strikes with the bases loaded to Bryson Markley. Markley lined a double to right field, clearing the bases and getting the Colonels back in the game.
The positive momentum was short-lived, though, as Carrollton scored two runs in the bottom of the second and another in the third to hand Cass a 7-3 deficit.
Cass again got back in the game in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs on a single by Kyle Miller, once again with two outs in the inning and the bases loaded.
However, that fifth-inning would be the last time Cass could get anything going at the plate, and Carrollton extended its lead again in the sixth inning with three more runs.
Errors hurt the Colonels in the game, as they made four, which resulted in four unearned runs. Six more Trojan batters also reached base on hit by pitches or walks, in addition to Carrollton’s 10 hits.
Offensively for Cass, Blaine Ingram had two of hits team’s five hits and scored two runs.