Senior shortstop and pitcher Blaine Ingram tossed a no-hitter Monday as the Colonels cruised to a region win over Hiram, but the Hornets did not go away easily Wednesday on their home diamond. Cass did come away with an extra innings win and a two-game series sweep, however, with an 8-6 win at Hiram and Ingram did much of the damage this time with his bat. The Colonels led 2-1 through four innings and grabbed a 4-2 lead in the sixth. When Cass added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh the visitors had a 6-2 advantage and appeared to be on their way to victory. The Hornets (7-6, 0-4) had other ideas, however, posting four runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Cass scored twice to go back ahead in the top of the ninth inning and reliever Carson Hill (2 IP, 0R, 1H, 0BB, 3K) worked a spotless ninth on the mound to earn a two-inning, relief win. In the Colonels’ ninth, Matt Shook reached first when he was hit by a pitch and was replaced with Mark Perdue as a base runner. Jordan Gani followed with a sacrifice to move Perdue up, but a Hornets’ error at third allowed Gani to reach as well. Ingram then delivered a two-run triple to right field that scored Perdue and Gani for an 8-6 Cass lead. Logan Nelson (2 IP, 1ER, 3H, 2BB, 2K), Jayden Smith (3 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 4K), Trey Scott (1.1 IP, 2ER, 2BB, 2K), and Gani (0.2 IP, 2ER, 1H, 1BB, 1K) all pitched in the contest for the Colonels. Ingram had two hits including a double, a triple, and three RBI. Karson Kelley had two hits and one RBI. Gani contributed two hits including a double. Carson Hill doubled. Trey Scott (RBI) and Mark Perdue added one hit apiece for the Colonels. Cass (7-4, 2-2) will begin their next region series at home Friday with Rome at 5:55 p.m. The second game in the set will be Monday at Rome.
ROME 3, WOODLAND 1
The visiting Wolves scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday night at Woodland to complete a two-game, Region 7-AAAAA sweep of the Wildcats with a 3-1 win. Rome scored a single run in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jack Orr. It scored Jonathan Vigoa who had walked to open the inning.
Woodland tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on a walk, back-to-back singles, and a Wolves’ infield error.
In the eighth, Rome took the lead on two walks and back-to-back singles by Vigoa and Brayer Cowan. Hayden Filletti (2 IP, 0R, 1H, 0BB, 4K) picked up the pitching win for Rome by working the final two innings. Carson Atkins (4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 2BB, 3K) started on the mound for the Wolves and Vigoa (2 IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K) pitched in the fifth and sixth innings.
Carter Heath (1 IP, 2ER, 2H, 2BB, 2K) was saddled with the pitching loss for Woodland in relief of starter Trent Porter (7 IP, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 10K).
Woodland had four singles in the game. Phoenix Cramer, Jakiyon Porter, Heath, and Zach Wilson had one hit each.
Rome improved to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (6-7, 1-3) starts its next region series at Hiram Friday at 5:55 p.m. The second game of the series will be Monday at Woodland.