Forget the sport, taking advantage of opportunities is always going to be the name of the game. Sometimes those chances come through an opponent's injury, as was the case during a Region 7-AAAAA softball game Thursday at Kell.
Cass had been shut out through 5 1/3 innings by Kell starting pitcher Mia DeAngelis. The senior had allowed just one run and one walk, but after her eighth strikeout of the game, she exited due to pain in her arm.
The Longhorns led 2-0 at the time. Presented with the opening, the Colonels took full advantage in quickly rallying before pulling away for a 9-2 win.
Cass (2-1, 2-1) immediately jumped on DeAngelis' replacement in the sixth. Alexis Woods reached on an error, and the Colonels followed with three straight hits, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Eryn Lee's bunt single put runners on the corners, and Ansley Hight's two-run double tied the game. Rachael Lee, starting her first game of the season after suffering an injury during the summer, singled home Hight to put Cass ahead.
More defensive miscues came back to bite Kell (2-3, 1-2). An error led directly to Maggie Harrell scoring and Macenzie Dougharty crossed home following a wild pitch to cap a five-run outburst.
The Colonels opened the top of the seventh with seven consecutive singles to break the game wide open.
Hailie Owens, Woods and Eryn Lee loaded the bases for Hight, who again came through with a clutch two-run knock. Rachael Lee kept the line moving; Kylee Hembree singled home a run; and Dougharty plated another for a commanding 9-2 advantage.
In the circle, Rachael Lee overcame a shaky first inning, which included a two-run single by DeAngelis, to pitch a gem. The sophomore needed just 65 pitches to finish off the complete game. She allowed five hits and one walk with one strikeout.
Cass will now have a week to prepare for next Thursday's rivalry game at home against Woodland.