The Bulldogs got their winning run aboard by a base on balls and advanced him to third when a Colonel just barely missed his attempted leaping catch in shallow left field.
The Bulldogs’ first score had come on a home run hit in the of the fourth inning over the centerfield wall.
The Colonels answered that tally in the bottom of the frame when centerfielder Boo Reed coaxed a base on balls. Reed moved to third on a single by first baseman Alex Yauslin, then scored on a passed ball that was thrown to designated hitter Patrick Maddox.
Cass pitchers kept the Bulldogs at bay the next three innings and it wasn’t until the eighth that Cedartown was able to make good on a scoring threat.
Cass head coach Adam Williams said he never likes a loss but felt the Colonels played well the final two games of their series.
“I’m proud of the way our kids competed,” he said. “We lost 2-1 to the team that won our sub-region. We just have to find a way to get that moment, to get that hit. Hopefully we’ll find it Wednesday night.”
Cass failed to capitalize in the fifth inning when Caleb Black singled his way aboard and then stole second to move into scoring position. He was stranded when a Colonel flied out to left field.
The Colonels found ways to leave a number of Bulldog runners stranded as well.
Their most impressive defensive stand probably came in the top of the first with runners at second and third when a Bulldog hit a ball just to the right of second base that somehow shortstop Brandon Etheridge reached and gunned to first to close down the inning with home plate still uncrossed.
Etheridge showed great range in several other plays to rob the Bulldogs of scoring opportunities.
Williams said that playing style is what Etheridge brings to the table.
“Brandon is an athlete in the middle,” Williams said. “He definitely gives you a little bit of range and he makes some plays there. We put a good athlete in a spot where you need a good athlete.”
He also liked the way Cass has bounced back from a 11-1 pounding it took the first game of its series with Cedartown.
“Our team has responded,” he said. “That’s the second game in a row they’ve beaten us in the last inning. We lost at their place on a diving play where our right fielder dove and their player gets on base. Then it happened today.
“Our kids are playing hard. They show up and they play hard. That’s all we can ask of them.”
Cass used four pitchers Monday — Noah Sims, Chris Morton, Bradley Hood and Chris Hill — against Cedartown.
They allowed five hits and two runs — one earned — while striking out nine and walking four.
Cedartown surrendered five hits and one run — unearned — while striking out 14 and yielding two walks.
“Our kids threw great today,” Williams added.
Williams said Cass begins its foray into region play on Wednesday.
“We set our pitching up and everything to get ready to go Wednesday,” he said. “We’re happy we’re going in with everybody with their arms rested and ready. We’re going to go try to compete and earn our way into the playoffs.”
He said Cass will crossover to play Heritage Catoosa at 4:30 p.m. in a best-of-three ser