Colonels fall to Phoenix on 9th-inning walk-off


After two comfortable wins earlier in the week, the Cass baseball team enters the weekend on a sour note following a 6-5 nine-inning loss to Sonoraville on the road Friday.

The Colonels led 3-0 after two innings, but the Phoenix answered with a pair in the third. Each team scored one in the fifth and Sonoraville tied the game with a run in the sixth.

Cass, though, jumped back ahead in the top of the seventh only to have Sonoraville knot the score in the bottom half. The Phoenix then walked off in the ninth to earn the victory.

Logan Nelson, Evan Hinton, Thomas Botts and Gavin Young hit consecutive singles to open the second inning for Cass. The latter two scored a run apiece, and the Colonels (6-6) scored their third on a Bryson Markley groundout.

In the fifth, Nelson's second hit of the game brought home Clay Means, who had doubled to open the frame.

Three walks — the last of which was intentional — loaded the bases for Young in the seventh. He came through with an RBI-single to give the Colonels the 5-4 lead.

A leadoff hit batsman and a pair of two-out singles allowed the Phoenix (4-2) to force extras. With one out in the ninth, Sonoraville put together the winning rally with a single, walk and a walk-off double.

Nelson and Young went 2-for-4, while Means finished 2-for-5. Nelson and Botts each had a run and an RBI. Young drove in two runs.

Colonels starting pitcher Steven Spell allowed three runs (one earned) over five innings. He gave up four hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Cass hosts Hiram at 5:55 p.m. Monday to open Region 7-AAAAA play.

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