After Calhoun took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, the Colonels roared back with three runs in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 lead. Those runs came on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Southern, an RBI single by Chaz Wilson and a bases loaded walk by Alex Yauslin.
They added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Sam Russell singled, scoring Sam Ayers to start the inning. That was followed up by Southern’s single, bringing home Dylan Williams.
The Colonels’ six runs came off an error, a bases loaded walk by Avery Johnson, a walk by Chris Morton, a walk by Brandon Etheridge, a walk by Austin Gore and a hit by pitch.
Etheridge did his best to jump-start the Cass offense, reaching base three times, scoring two runs and tallying an RBI.
Wilson picked up the win on the mound, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out four during his five innings of work.
Coach Adam Williams said the Colonels simply did not quit and that helped their cause.
“We led 3-2 after the first and just kept scoring,” Williams said. “We just kept playing the game. Our kids competed well and we ended up putting them away.”
He said Wilson kept Calhoun’s hitters at bay after the first inning. “Chaz is just a competitive player.”
He said Etheridge and Russell were both 3-for-3 on the evening and kept the offensive motor running.
“We needed the bottom of our order to come through for us and they did a good job for us tonight,” he added.
Cass next plays Tuesday when it entertains Pickens County at home as part of a three-game set for the week. The two teams then meet Thursday in Pickens and return for the potential rubber game on Friday at Cass.
Williams noted Cass is now in the meat of its schedule.“It’s all region games from here on out.”
Williams said the Colonels look to be ready, too. “Our kids are playing well. We are playing one pitch at a time and 200 feet at a time. We’ll just see how it goes.”