Cass wins pair to advance in state playoffs
by Andrew B. Adler
May 04, 2013 | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hosting a state playoff game for the first time in 33 years, the Cass Colonels made sure their fans would exit the parking lot knowing that they would be advancing to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs with their 4-2, 5-1 sweep of Columbia on a cold, windy Friday night.

“It was nice to finish what we started,” Cass coach Adam Williams said. “Columbia has a good team, but we played our game and did what we had to do in order to win [the best-of-three series].”

With their two-game sweep, the Colonels move on to the Sweet 16 where they will host Troup Wednesday. The Tigers defeated Eastside, 11-7 and 12-2. Game time for Cass-Troup has yet to be determined.

In Game 2, Brandon Etheridge allowed just one earned run on six hits, while striking out nine. Etheridge helped his own cause with a two-run, RBI single. Also driving in runs were Dylan Williams and Sam Russell. Chaz Wilson, who drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in Game 1, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs in the series clincher. As in the first game, the Eagles were their own worst enemy, committing four errors.

Cass led 3-0 after two innings before adding single runs in the fifth and seventh. Columbia scored its lone run in the sixth.

In Game 1, Dylan Williams escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh to preserve the Colonels’ 4-2 victory over Columbia.

The Eagles had loaded the bases with one out on a single that was sandwiched around two walks. Williams though struck out the next batter and induced a game-ending ground out.

“He [Dylan] pitched that last inning like someone who will be pitching in the Southeastern Conference one day,” said coach Williams, who had reliever Chris Hill warming up during the Eagles’ final at bat. “What he did that last inning is a sign of good pitcher.”

What he did the entire game was pitch seven strong innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run, while striking out 12.

Williams had a two-run cushion to work with heading into the seventh, as the Colonels took advantage of two Columbia errors to score two runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

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