The Wolfpack scored five runs in two innings and may have had a sixth if not for a dead-on throw to home plate from Cass center fielder Brandon Etheridge, whose out actually preceded North Paulding's final run.
Relief pitcher Dalton Parham induced a pop-up for the last out of the game to give the Colonels a 7-5 win in their first regular-season game at their new stadium.
"It's nice to always win our first game of the year and get in the win column," Cass coach Todd Eubanks said. "We were fortunate that we got the last three outs in the seventh [inning]. ... I think our guys thought maybe they had it sewn up."
Taylor Bentley singled to right field in the first inning and later stole a base before Parham's run-scoring hit put Cass ahead 1-0.
The Colonels added two more runs in the third inning when Bentley, who finished the night 4-for-4, scorched an RBI triple to right-center field to score Chaz Wilson, who led the inning off with an infield single.
Tyler Gates, who earned the win from the mound, followed up with a single to bring home Bentley, extending Cass' lead to 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Chad Taylor's sacrifice fly scored Dalton Weightman and in the fifth, Bentley laid down an RBI bunt single, which plated Sam Ayers, who led the inning off with a walk. On the same play, Bentley reached third and then came home on two errant throws by the Wolfpack.
With two runners on and two out, Taylor hit an RBI single, which skidded through to right field as the Colonels held a 7-0 lead.
Gates exited the game after five innings, giving up just two hits and even escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth.
The first three batters for the Wolfpack reached base in the sixth as Cain Campbell led off the inning with a standup double, Matt Wheeler singled and Matt Fossett dropped an RBI single in shallow right field.
Justin Rudd smacked a two-run double to right field.
Rudd scored from third base on Travis Copeland's sacrifice fly. The Wolfpack trailed by three runs after the top of the sixth.
The Colonels could not add any runs in their half of the inning, stranding Bentley, who doubled, and Gates, who walked, on third and first, respectively.
Parham replaced Blake Kirk prior to the start of the seventh inning and struck out the first batter he faced. Following back-to-back singles by Anthony Coward and Wheeler, North Paulding had runners on first and second with one out.
Fossett's blast to center field scored one run for the Wolfpack, but Etheridge gunned in a throw to help Cass preserve the victory.
Eubanks acknowledged that his team has to shore up one thing in particular after Monday's win.
"They need not to be complacent," he said of the Colonels' players. "We were up 7-0 and had a chance to put the game away early, and we hit a wall."
Even with a lapse the final two innings, Cass watched a couple of players have really good nights.
"Taylor Bentley had an awesome night for us. He had a [four]-hit night," Eubanks said. "Tyler Gates had an outstanding night for us. ... Tyler Gates can be a very commanding pitcher. They had two hits on him while he was in there. They didn't have any runs off of him.
"It's a great start for him, and he did exactly what we needed him to do as the ace of the staff."
Gates neared the double-digit mark in strikeouts with nine and walked and hit one batter each, while yielding no runs. Kirk gave up four earned runs on four hits and struck out one. Parham gave up one run on three hits and one walk, and struck out one.
Along with Bentley, Cass hitters included Weightman, 1-for-3; Dylan Williams, 1-for-3 (double); Wilson, 1-for-2; Taylor, 1-for-3; Gates, 1-for-4; and Parham, 1-for-4.
The Colonels' (1-0) next scheduled game is Friday at Adairsville, with the first pitch expected around 5:30 p.m.