Pelfrey opens rally, shuts door as Tigers defeat Colonels in nine innings
It took nine innings and both teams had their chances, but it was Adairsville that pushed across three runs in the top of the ninth inning to take an 8-5 win over Cass.
The victory earned the Tigers a season split with the Colonels. Cass defeated Adairsville 6-2 back on February 18.
Adairsville’s Kyler Pelfrey started the ninth inning rally with a triple and then made it stand up by striking out the side in the bottom half of the ninth.
Pelfrey’s triple was followed by an RBI single by Sam Seaman for a 6-5 lead. With two outs, Taylor Whitley walked, Noah Dutton drove in a run with a ground ball single through the middle, and Cody Henderson made it 8-5 with another RBI single into left field.
The game went back-and-forth throughout the night with both teams posting runs early.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a pair of singles by Corey Nation and Seaman, a double by Hunter Hice, an outfield error, and a ground out RBI by Dutton.
Cass answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning.
Clay Means singled, Bailey Campbell and Cody Johnson had RBI doubles, and Tyler Henden smacked a two-run homer as the Colonels took a 4-3 lead.
Adairsville tied the game 4-4 in the second inning.
Garrett Mishoe was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and eventually scored after an infield error, a Pelfrey single, and an RBI groundout by Nation.
The Tigers then took a 5-4 lead in the third inning on an RBI double by Mishoe.
Cass scored in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Means triped with two outs and after Campbell coaxed a walk, Jake Collum drove home the tying run with a liner into right field.
Pelfrey (2 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 4K) picked up the pitching win for Adairsville by pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth. Gibbs (4.2 IP, 4ER, 5H, 0BB) started on the mound for the Tigers and Mishoe (2.1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 1BB, 6K) entered in the fifth inning.
Evan Hinton (1 IP, 3ER, 4H, 1BB, 2K) worked the ninth inning on the mound and was tagged with the pitching loss for the Colonels. Zach Yancey (5 IP, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K) started for Cass and Collum (3 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 6K) pitched the sixth and seventh innings.
Seaman (RBI) and Pelfrey had two hits for Adairsville. Nation (RBI), Hice (double, RBI), Dutton (2 RBI), Henderson (RBI), and Mishoe (double, RBI) had one hit each.
Means had two hits for Cass. Campbell (double, RBI), Collum (RBI), Johnson (RBI), Hendon (2-run homer), and Yancey had the Colonels other hits.
Adairsville improved to 3-6 on the season and has now won three of the last four games. The Tigers play at Coahulla Creek Tuesday, host North Murray Thursday, and travel to Ringgold Friday. All three games are 5:55pm starts.
Cass (7-6) begins Region 7AAAAA play Monday at Hiram and will host the Hornets Wednesday to complete the two-game series.