The Cass Colonels, on the other hand, did not want to leave the scene of their impressive 10-0 mercy-rule win at home.
They wanted to spend as much time celebrating their lopsided victory over a county rival, and the way they accomplished that task.
Dylan Williams, the Colonels’ starting pitcher, and reliever Noah Sims combined to hold Adairville to just one hit and zero runs in five innings of work.
“Give Dylan [Williams] and Cass all the credit for what happened today,” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop said. “They applied the pressure every inning, and we just never got untracked offensively.”
The Tigers’ lone hit was Kyle Adams’ one-out bunt single in the top of the third inning.
By that time, the Colonels were already leading 5-0, scoring a single run in the first and four more in the second.
It was 9-0 Cass after three innings as the Colonels pushed across four more runs thanks to two more Adairsville errors, one base hit, one walk and several defensive lapses.
The Colonels’ broke the game open in the second inning on Sam Ayers’ two-run scoring single and Chaz Wilson’s two-run scoring double.
Contributing to Cass’ second inning lead were four costly Adairsville (4-3) errors. In all, the Tigers committed eight errors in just five innings. In contrast, the Colonels were flawless in the field.
“We must have committed more errors tonight than we have all week,” Tigers coach Eric Bishop said. “Hopefully, you’ll see a much-improved Adairsville baseball team when we play Cass again tomorrow night.”
It seemed appropriate for Cass to score its 10th and final run on the Tigers’ eighth-error of the game. A one-out walk, a stolen base and a fielding error were all that the Colonels needed in the eighth inning to improve to 5-4 overall.
“We went to work immediately and never let up,” coach Adam Williams said.
Williams struck out five Tigers in four innings of work. Sims struck out the first two batters he faced in the fifth.
Offensively, Cass was led by Ayers, who had three hits, three RBIs and scored two runs. Yauslin came through with two hits and two runs. Brandon Etheridge, the team’s leadoff hit, had one hit, one RBI, a walk and scored one run.