Cass takes series; Excel wins first game

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Jake Collum struck out five and Cass won its second contest in a row to take the rubber game of its three-game set against Creekview with a 4-1 victory Friday night.

Cass scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and one run in the fifth while Creekview tallied its run in the sixth.

In the third inning Evan Hinton drew a base on balls to get on the base path, moved to third on a single to centerfield by Collum and scored when Casey Patterson hit a fielder’s choice.

Collum scored when Boo Reed was walked, and Bailey Campbell crossed home plate on a Steven Spell ground out to second.

Patterson singled his way on base in the fifth, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a single to leftfield by Spell and then scored.

Spell was 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs for the Colonels; Collum was 1-for-3 and scored one run; Campbell scored one run; Patterson, one run; and Hinton, one run.

Collum pitched five innings, giving up four hits and one earned run while allowing two bases on balls. Austin Pruett worked two innings and allowed three hits and struck out one.

Cass had defeated Creekview 5-4 on Wednesday. It lost the first game of the series, 8-1, on Monday.

The Colonels (3-2) next play in the Perfect Game Spring Swing at LakePoint on Wednesday. They are scheduled to play at noon.

Excel 11, Armuchee 4

The Excel baseball team picked up its first win of the season Friday night as the Eagles topped Armuchee on the road by a score of 11-4.

Joseph Cuomo went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Michael Duncan and Jordan Wilkie each had a pair of RBIs.

“The bats finally came alive,” Excel head coach Mike Cuomo said. “Our pitchers all did their job tonight. They threw strikes and let our defense work.”

Wilkie started on the mound and went two innings, giving up a pair of hits and no earned runs.

Blane Belisario then went 3 2/3 innings in middle relief and struck out five while allowing four hits. Levi Blackwell pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit with no runs allowed.

“I was very proud of all of their efforts tonight,” Cuomo said of his team. “We played fundamentally sound baseball and put the ball in play over and over.”