If the Colonels beat Heritage-Catoosa Thursday on the road, they would be headed to the state playoffs. If they lost, the season would come to a disappointing end.
As the two teams entered the sixth inning, the score was knotted at three, but the Colonels were able to perform under the pressure and escaped with a 6-3 victory to advance to the state playoffs.
“I’m really proud of the kids with everything this program has been through, a lot of it we didn’t ask for,” Cass head coach Adam Williams said. “I’m proud they got it together and we’re going to playoffs.”
Cass took the lead in the sixth when Caleb Black hit an RBI single to score Alex Yauslin, who tripled to lead off the inning. Black would then come around to score on a Bailey Campbell base hit to make the score 5-3 after six.
Campbell also had an RBI single in the first inning to score Chris Morton, who was hit by a pitch and stole second base to lead off the inning.
Heritage-Catoosa tied the game in the third, but Cass would answer right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Boo Reed doubled to lead off the inning. Thomas Brown then doubled to score Reed and Casey Patterson.
However, Heritage-Catoosa, fighting for its playoff life, scored two runs in the fourth to tie the game.
Cass’ sixth inning would allow the Colonels to take the lead for good, but they added an insurance run in the seventh.
Morton, Campbell and Reed each had two hits in the game and Cass produced 10 hits as a team.
The Colonels also received quality pitching from Noah Sims, Ben Kapito and Bradley Hood.
Hood threw the final four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two.
“Thomas Brown had two big RBIs and Bradley Hood came in and threw great at the end,” Williams said. “[Hood] came in and threw a lot of strikes. He did a great job of staying ahead of hitters. All three pitchers did great.”
Cass will move on to the state playoffs and likely play Carrollton on Friday, May 2.