Gaddy walks it off for Cass in huge region win

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The Cass Colonels left it for late Thursday, tying their game against Kell with two runs in the sixth and then winning it on a Brett Gaddy walk-off single in the seventh for a 7-6 victory at LakePoint.

Gaddy was the beneficiary as the Colonels (13-11, 7-5) loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, singling to right for the game-winner.

That came after Bailey Campbell was the hero in the sixth, hitting a two-run home run to tie it.

Kell started off well in this one, scoring three runs in the first two innings off Cass starter Zach Yancey.

Cass struck back in the bottom of the second with two runs as Gavin Young’s groundout scored a runner from third and Clay Means’ single scored another, but Campbell struck out with runners on first and third to end the inning.

Yancey then couldn’t get through the fourth, as Cody Johnson relieved him with a runner on second, one out and two runs already in.

Johnson allowed the inherited runner to score for a 6-2 Kell lead, but got two popups to end the inning and settled down from there, allowing only the one hit in that inning while striking out five over 3.2 innings to finish the game.

The Colonels offense started chipping away in the fifth.

With Campbell on base due to an error, Jake Collum doubled. A wild pitch scored Campbell and moved Collum to third, where Yancey brought him in with a single.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Gaddy popped up to end the inning and keep the deficit at 6-4, but he would get a chance at redemption later.

First, the Colonels needed to tie it, and they did that in the bottom of the sixth as Campbell took matters into his own hands.

After Means singled with one out, the big first baseman smashed his sixth home run of the season to center field on a 3-2 pitch, tying the game at 6-6.

After Johnson worked around a one-out walk in the top of the seventh, Cass didn’t delay in scoring the winner.

Yancey singled, Johnson tried to bunt him over but reached on an error and Nathan Smith was hit by a pitch.

With the infield drawn in, Gaddy’s hit to right brought Yancey home easily and set off a Colonels celebration.

Means and Yancey each had two hits for Cass, while Campbell scored twice and drove in two.

The Colonels will go for the sweep today when they face Kell again today at 3 p.m. at LakePoint.