Originally scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., Friday’s game was pushed back two hours in order to give the infield an extreme makeover. As it turned out, Cass and Pickens still had to battle damp and cold conditions that contributed to a high-scoring, mistake-prone contest in which the Colonels prevailed, 15-9. The two teams combined for 24 runs, 22 hits and 12 errors. Seven of those errors belonged to Pickens.
Cass had won 7-1 Tuesday, with Pickens evening the series with its 2-1 victory Wednesday.
“It was a good, hard fought game,” Cass coach Adam Williams said. “We competed from the first inning on, and we were able to pull away in the end.”
After spotting Pickens an early 3-0 lead, Brandon Etheridge’s grand slam home run ignited the Colonels’ five-run, second inning. Three straight walks had loaded the bases when Etheridge launched his home run over the 365-foot sign in centerfield. Etheridge, Sam Ayers, Dylan Williams and Chaz Wilson — the Colonels’ top four batters — combined for nine hits and seven RBIs.
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