Cass splits to keep playoff hopes alive
by Staff Report
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It all comes down to Thursday for the Cass baseball team.

The Colonels split two games Wednesday at Heritage, Catoosa and will play today at 5:30 p.m. to determine whether the team makes the playoffs.

Cass won the first game, 3-2, and lost the second by the same score.

In the first game, Brandon Etheridge pitched all seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits. He also struck out 12 in the game and now has 32 strikeouts in 24 innings this season.

In the top of the second, Cass grabbed an early 2-0. Boo Reed doubled to get things going. Sam Russell doubled later in the inning to bring Reed home. Cass pushed one more run across when Thomas Brown scored on an RBI single by Brett Gaddy.

A freshman, Gaddy went 3-for-3 at the plate in the game.

Heritage scored two runs in the fourth to tie the game. However, Cass took the lead right back when Caleb Black drove a run home with an RBI single in the top of the fifth.

Chris Morton had a double and two hits in the game. Black also had two hits for the Colonels.

In the second game, Ben Kapito, Bradley Hood and Chris Hill combined to pitch seven innings, allowing just one earned run.

However, Heritage would score two unearned runs in the game to take the win.

Cass actually outhit Heritage, 8-7. Black and Casey Patterson each had two of those hits as Cass scored a run in the second and one in the fifth. The game was tied until the seventh inning when Heritage took the lead with an RBI single.

Alex Yauslin went 1-for-3 in the game and accounted for the Colonels’ only RBI.

South Paulding 12, Woodland 4

The Woodland baseball team collected 13 hits Wednesday at home against South Paulding.

However, the Wildcats were unable to muster enough runs to beat their region foe as South Paulding won the game, 12-4.

South Paulding scored four runs in each the first and second innings to put Woodland in an eight-run hole.

Woodland would answer back with a run in the bottom of the second when Will Parsegian doubled and Markise Smith singled to bring Parsegian home.

Smith would add another RBI single in the fourth inning to again score Parsegian, who doubled to lead off the inning.

However, South Paulding scored two more runs in the third inning, another in the fifth and a 12th run in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Woodland would score two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Mason Robinson led off the inning with a home run. Singles by Braden Harris and Hayden Siniard then set the stage for Grant Robinson, who singled to give the Wildcats their fourth run.

Parsegian finished the day with three hits while Robinson, Harris and Smith each had two.

Woodland is now 6-13 in region play and has one final game Friday at New Manchester.