Infielder Alex Yauslin, outfielder Chris Morton and pitcher Brandon Etheridge were named to the Region 7-AAAA subregion B all-region team by region coaches.
Adam Williams, Cass head baseball coach, said Yauslin was a big part of the reason the Colonels made the state playoffs.
“Alex got hot during region play,” Williams said. “He was really swinging the bat well, and that is one of the keys for us, to have our seniors playing well then. We want our seniors to get hot at that time.”
He said Yauslin also made things happen defensively. “He is a good athletic kid and gives us everything he has on every play. He’s not afraid to knock the ball down, take it on the chest, whatever, and do the things that will get their players to make an out.”
He also provided a steady presence at first, helping the Colonels force runners out while also helping keep runners closer to the base instead of letting them shorten their distance from second base.
Offensively, Yauslin tallied 18 hits for the Colonels, including one home run and six doubles, drove in six RBIs and scored 14 runs. He had a .295 batting average with an onbase percentage of .403 and slugging percentage of .475.
Yauslin also was one of five players who played in a team-leading 27 games. He coaxed nine walks out of opposing pitchers.
Morton was a big presence in the outfield as well as an offensive power source for Cass.
Williams said Morton also was a major contributor offensively and defensively.
“Chris Morton was our best bat this year,” Williams said. “He definitely was our spark plug offensively and helped us win the games we had to have. He also plays a good solid outfield and he stepped it up at the end for us.”
Morton led the team with 25 hits, driving in team highs of nine doubles and 12 runs while scoring a team high 16 runs and walking 14 times. He also led in the number of times players were hit by pitches with six. He had a .312 batting average with an onbase percentage of .450 and a slugging percentage of .425.
Etheridge handled the big assignments for Cass when it counted.
“Brandon threw the big games for us down at the end of the season,” Williams said. “He kept us in games, and he allowed us to win them.”
Williams said he was a big part of the reason Cass had a successful season.
“He pitched the big game against Heritage that allowed us to win and go to state playoffs,” the coach added.
Etheridge pitched 29 2/3 innings for the Colonels with a 2.124 ERA. He pitched in seven games and compiled a 2-1 record while saving in his only attempt. Etheridge struck out 36 and allowed nine earned runs on the season.
He also was an offensive contributor for Cass, collecting nine hits, including three doubles, and driving in four runs while scoring four. He was hit by a pitch four times and got a free pass on base four times.
Cass was 7-8 in Region 7A-AAAA, with a 9-18 overall record.
The Colonels earned their way into the first round of the state playoffs a second year in a row, where they drew highly regarded Carrollton, losing 3-0 and 9-4 in Carrollton.
Williams said they reached an important goal.
“Our goal is when someone looks at the list of teams that make the state playoffs, they’ll always see the name Cass,” he said. “We made it again this year, and that’s something we’re very proud of. That’s what we’re working for.”