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Colonels early lead enough to hold off Woodland

The Cass Colonels won for the third straight game Friday night to keep their fast Region 7AAAAA start going.

Cass scored six runs in the third inning and held off visiting Woodland down the stretch for a home 8-5 win over their county rival.

More importantly for the Colonels, it was their third region win without a region loss to begin the league schedule. Cass swept a two-game series with Hiram earlier in the week.

The Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Clay Means led off the inning with a double and Bailey Campbell singled him home with a liner to center field.

In the bottom of the third, Cass extended their lead to 7-0 by virtue of three walks, hits by Steven Spell and Zach Yancey, and a grand slam home run by Evan Hinton.

Cass added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a Campbell sac fly that scored Means.

Woodland got a three-run double by Jacob Frye in the fifth that narrowed the Cass lead to 8-3 and a Trenton Harrison two-run homer in the sixth that made the score 8-5.

Yancey (5.2 IP, 5ER, 6H, 2BB, 4K) started on the mound for Cass and picked up the pitching victory. Hinton recorded one out and walked a batter in the sixth inning. Jake Collum earned a save with a scoreless seventh. Collum allowed a pair of hits, but struck out the side.

Cauy Williams (3 IP, 8ER, 7H, 3BB, 4K) and Grayson Bagwell (3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 3K) pitched for the Wildcats with Williams getting the loss.

Koby Stansel had three hits for Woodland including a double. Garrett Cornett and Jordan Lee also had hits for the Wildcats.

Cass (10-6, 3-0) plays at Woodland Monday at 5:55pm. The Colonels will then play a two-game series with Villa Rica on Wednesday and Friday.

Woodland (9-3, 0-1) plays at East Paulding Wednesday after hosting Cass on Monday. The Wildcats will host the Raiders Friday.

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