The Cass baseball team faced an uphill climb after falling behind 9-0 after two innings against Rome in Saturday's home Region 7-AAAAA contest. And while the Colonels fought back valiantly, the initial deficit was too much to overcome in an 11-7 loss.
Rome jumped out with three runs in the first due in part to a pair of Cass errors. A six-run second inning had more to do with the Wolves (6-4, 4-2) stringing together some hits.
After the shocking start, the Colonels (7-7, 3-3) recovered the get back in the game with two runs apiece in the third and fourth innings.
Cass loaded the bags with no outs in the third. Hunter Lee was hit by a pitch; Bryson Markley roped a single; and Matt Shook drew a walk. Clay Means and Blaine Ingram followed with consecutive run-scoring fielder's choices.
The Colonels had the bases full again in the fourth with one out. Shook smacked a two-run double to cut the deficit to 9-4.
Rome, though, finally responded with two runs of its own in the top of the sixth before Cass countered in the home half.
Markley walked, stole second and scored on Means' single. Ingram followed with a double to score Shook, who had been hit by a pitch. Sam Melton drove in a run on a groundout, but that was as close as Cass would come.
Markley led the way with two hits, while Shook, Means, Ingram and Jordan Gani had one knock each. Shook, Means and Ingram drove in two runs apiece. Shook and Lee scored twice.
Cass will face Woodland in a two-game series next week with Game 1 set to be played Monday at home and Game 2 scheduled for Wednesday on the road.