Moore homers, but Cass falls a game behind with loss

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Sarah Moore hit a two-run home run and Hope Elrod continued her hot hitting with two base knocks Tuesday at Villa Rica, but errors and walks cost the Cass High softball team a chance at an important region win, as the Lady Colonels fell by a score of 10-2.

Cass entered the day tied with Woodland for the sixth and final region playoff position. However, with Woodland’s win over Hiram Tuesday, Cass falls one game behind.

The Lady Colonels are now on an eight-game losing streak and are 5-18 on the year and 3-8 in region play. They play a winless East Paulding team on Thursday before facing the No. 2 team in Region 7-AAAAA in Carrollton for the final two games.

Because Woodland and Cass are neck and neck, and with just three region games remaining, Tuesday’s loss could prove costly for the Lady Colonels.

It started out well for them, though, as Moore hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Elrod also had a hit in the inning and would tack on another in the third. It was her ninth multi-hit performance in 18 games played this season. Her batting average is now up to .450 on the year.

Despite Elrod and Moore’s hot bats, it would be mostly downhill from there for the Lady Colonels.

Villa Rica scored two in the bottom of the first after an error began the frame. Two doubles later in the inning would tie the game.

The game would not get out of hand for Cass until the third inning, when Villa Rica scored five runs, mostly coming off four Cass errors, two walks and a hit by pitch. Even with just one hit in the third inning, Villa Rica took a 7-2 lead.

Villa Rica added one run in the fourth on a walk and a double, and two more in the fifth to invoke the run rule after five innings.

Along with five Cass errors, six walks to Villa Rica batters contributed to the 10 runs scored.

Sarah Fox had another hit Tuesday for Cass, but she still lowered her batting average to .493 after a 1-for-3 day. Gani did the same with her 1-for-3 as she is now hitting .338. Arianna Mustin also had a hit in the game for the Lady Colonels.