Defensive miscues and walks are always difficult to overcome, but they were devastating for the Cass Colonels in a 14-4 Region 7-AAAAA loss at Hiram Wednesday night.
After Cass broke on top 3-0, Hiram took advantage of two Cass errors in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead. In the second inning, two more errors and four walks contributed to Hiram’s four run frame that gave the Hornets an early 8-4 lead.
The score remained the same until the bottom of sixth when Hiram mixed in five singles with two more walks and another error for a six-run burst that gave the Hornets a 10-run lead and ended the game early.
In all, the Colonels committed six defensive miscues and Cass pitchers issued nine walks.
Parker Hardin (0.1 IP, 4R, 0ER, 0H, 3BB) was tagged with the pitching loss for Cass in relief of starter Blaine Ingram (1 IP, 4R, 0ER, 3H, 2BB, 1K). Nic Wallin (0.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K), Wyatt Karlovich (3 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 3K), and Gavin Young (0.2 IP, 6R, 3ER, 5H, 2BB) also took the mound.
Steven Spell (RBI), Nathan Smith, Karlovich (RBI), Evan Hinton, and Ingram (RBI) had one hit each for Cass.
The win by Hiram (4-8, 1-1) earns a two-game region series split with the Colonels. Cass won Monday’s matchup 9-3.
The Colonels (7-7, 1-1) play at Woodland Friday at 5:55 p.m. and will host the Wildcats in the two-game series on Monday at 5:55 p.m.