Colonels lose best-of-three to River Ridge; Wildcats also fall
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Coach Adam Williams and the Cass Colonels were looking forward to winning their third straight best-of-three series when they traveled to River Ridge Friday.

The Colonels had won two of three from Gilmer and Pickens before beginning their three series against the Knights on Monday.

The Colonels had lost the opening game, but came back strong Wednesday at home to even the series at a game apiece.

In Game 3, the Colonels held an early one- run lead, but could not keep River Ridge from coming back to win, 4-3.

“It was a tough loss,” Cass coach Adam Williams said. “They just played better than we did. They put pressure on us defensively which resulted in us making too many mistakes in the field.”

River Ridge led 1-0 after two innings when Cass took its only lead of the game by scoring two runs in the top of the third.

Sam Ayers and Chaz Wilson accounted for driving in both of the Colonels’ runs.

The Colonels lead was short-lived as River Ridge punched across the tying run in the bottom of the third inning and the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

River Ridge added a much-needed insurance run in the sixth inning, as Cass scored its final run in the top of the seventh.

The Colonels’ Chris Morton did all he could do offensively for his 12-8 team, as he doubled twice, drove in one run and scored once.

Wilson started and pitched 5 2/3 innings before reliever Chris Hill got the final out.

With the loss to River Ridge, both the Colonels and the Knights are tied, 5-4, in Region 7A-AAAA.

“All we can do now is get ready for our series against Cedartown,” Williams said.

Game 1 of their best-of-three series begins Tuesday at Cedartown.

East Paulding 9, Woodland 7

The Woodland Wildcats got off to a great start against East Paulding by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.

Unfortunately, East Paulding got off to a great start as well by coming back and scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 9-7 victory Friday at home.

The loss to East Paulding was the Wildcats’ second straight. Woodland (12-8) had its three-game winning streak snapped by Rome on Wednesday.

“East Paulding is beginning to separate themselves from everybody else in our region,” Woodland coach Corey Gochee said. “For us, we just need to get to playing winning baseball and everything else will take care of itself.”

Against the Raiders, Woodland came back to tie it at 6-6 before East Paulding hit three solo home runs to take a 9-7 lead.

Woodland’s Hunter Siniard hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to account for the game’s final run.

John Hood started for the Wildcats before Hayden Siniard and Tyler Stringer came on in relief.

With the loss, Woodland falls to 8-6 in Region 5-AAAAA. East Paulding improved to 14-4 overall, 11-1 in the region. Next up for the Wildcats is Lithia Springs on Wednesday.