The Cass Colonels will play Northwest Whitfield for the 7-AAAA region championship next week by virtue of sweeping Cedartown and clinching their sub-region championship.
Both the sweep and the 7-AAAA South clincher occurred simultaneously when the Colonels (15-8, 8-4) defeated the Bulldogs by the slimmest of margins, 1-0, at home Thursday.
“We came into tonight’s game focused on winning from the very start,” said Chaz Wilson, one of only four seniors on this year’s Colonels team and the game’s starting and winning pitcher. “We know we still have a lot of baseball left to be played, but it is a great and new feeling for us to finally win a championship.”
Odd as it may sound nobody knew the last time a Cass baseball team won any type of championship. Or even hosted a championship game.
“Nobody knows,” coach Adam Williams said. “That’s how long it’s been.”
Wilson made sure his teammates and fans who brought their brooms would forever remember what took place on senior night in mid-April by getting out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second with two straight strikeouts. The Bulldogs loaded the bases on a lead off single, a walk followed by a double steal, a ground out without anybody advancing and a catcher’s interference call.
“I used my fastball and curveball to keep them [the Bulldogs] off balance,” said Wilson, who allowed just three hits and struck out three more over the course of the final six innings.
Any thoughts of going to reliever Chris Hill never crossed coach Williams’ mind.
“The senior always gets the ball,” he said.
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