Woodland and Cass win in extra innings, Excel falls
Cauy Williams’ RBI single in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference Monday night as Woodland won at North Springs, 4-3.
The game winning hit supported a nine-inning, complete game performance by Woodland pitcher, Mitchell Taylor.
Taylor allowed only two earned runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six in earning the win.
The two teams battled into extra innings tied 3-3.
The Wildcats held a 3-2 lead through four innings, but the Spartans knotted the game with a run in the fifth.
Three scoreless innings followed, until the Woodland winning run in the ninth.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Williams walked and Jordan Lee entered as a courtesy runner. Lee later scored on an RBI single by Kolby Stansel.
North Springs (6-18) scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead, but the Cats responded with two runs in the top of the third inning.
Jacob Frye and Hunter Reaid walked to open Woodland’s third frame. Brandon Allen was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Williams drove in one run with an RBI single to left field and the second run of the inning was forced home when Noah Ludy was hit by a pitch.
Allen finished with three hits for the Wildcats including a double. Williams was 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. Trent Harrison had two hits including a double. Frye, Reaid, and Stansel (RBI) had the other Woodland hits.
Ty Milliner had two hits for North Springs. Beau Foster and Noah Lampert had one hit and one RBI each for the Spartans.
Woodland improved to 5-18 with the victory.
The middle game of this three-game series is Wednesday at Woodland. The two teams will wrap up their 2016 seasons Friday, back at North Springs.
CASS 3, NORTH ATLANTA 2 (10 innings)
It took ten innings Monday night in Atlanta, but the Colonels came away with a one-run victory at North Atlanta High School, 3-2.
Casey Patterson delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the tenth inning scoring Bailey Campbell.
A scoreless stalemate was broken by Cass in the top of the ninth inning, but the Warriors responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to send the game to the tenth.
The Colonels scored twice in the tenth to take a 3-1 lead, but North Atlanta was not done.
A one-out, RBI single made the score 3-2 with one out, but the game ended on a groundout to first and double play tag at home plate to end the Warriors’ threat and secure the win.
Jordan Reed picked up the pitching win by working the ninth and tenth innings on the mound for Cass. Austin Pruett tossed three shutout innings to start the game for the Colonels and Cody Johnson allowed only one, unearned run on four hits and three walks in five innings of middle relief.
Jake Collum and Patterson had two hits and one RBI each for Cass. Both Patterson hits were doubles. Reed and Campbell had the other Colonels’ hits. Nathan Smith drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Cass (6-18) hosts North Atlanta (3-21) in the second game of the series Wednesday at 5:55pm and the season finale’ for both teams is set for Friday at North Atlanta.
MOUNT PARAN 7, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0
Excel was shutout 7-0 Monday night by Region 6-A rival, Mount Paran Christian, at LakePoint in Emerson. Mount Paran improved to 16-7 overall and 12-4 in region play. ECA falls to 1-17.