Cass falls to River Ridge in series opener; Excel loses to Ohio team

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The Cass baseball team went on the road to face River Ridge Monday, one of the teams in the top three of Region 7-AAAAA, Subregion A standings.

The Colonels were unable to keep up with the Knights’ big bats as they fell by a score of 8-0.

River Ridge outhit Cass in the game 11-3 with Cass’ hits coming from Casey Patterson, Boo Reed and Nathan Smith.

River Ridge did most of its damage in a five-run second inning featuring three walks, two singles and a double.

The Knights would then tack on a run in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings.

The closest Cass came to scoring was in the second inning when Casey Patterson singled and Boo Reed eventually reached third base with two outs on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a groundout. In the fourth, Reed and Smith hit consecutive singles with two outs. However, the Colonels could not push home the runners in scoring position.

Reed, Austin Pruett, Cody Johnson and Steven Spell pitched for Cass. Spell pitched the final inning and did not allow a baserunner.

Cass is now 4-11 overall and 3-7 in region play. The Colonels will look to even the region series against River Ridge Wednesday at home.

Olentangy Liberty 10, Excel 0

The Excel baseball team participated in the Perfect Game Spring Swing at LakePoint Monday, part of a stretch where teams from up north come down to Emerson to begin their seasons during their spring break.

The Eagles faced off against a team from Ohio Monday, Olentangy Liberty, which went 25-5 a year ago, and lost by a score of 10-0 in five innings.

“I saw a lot of good things. It was kind of a new beginning for us after Easter,” Excel head coach Mike Cuomo said. “I think we’re back in the saddle and not making the mistakes we have been making in the past. The scoreboard didn’t show it, but we did hit the ball hard but right to them. They hit the ball extremely hard to where we weren’t. It’s just one of those things. But I was very pleased with our defensive play. Just a bad outcome, but a lot of good things happened.

“Blaine Belisario, he got the start today and he did a really fine job. ... I saw a lot of good things defensively. We weren’t making any mistakes. The outfield did a fine a job. Aaron Pumphrey and Trace Still just did a very good job in the outfield for us.”