Colonels split doubleheader with Dalton

The Cass baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with visiting Dalton at the Cass High School Athletic Complex winning the opener 11-2, but dropping the second game 6-1.

The Colonels scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning in the first game of the day and added two more in the second to take an early 8-0 lead.

After Dalton scored twice in the third inning, Cass added a single run in the fourth and two more in the sixth for their nine-run win. It was also the first loss of the year for the Catamounts.

Steven Spell (5 IP, 2ER, 7H, 0BB, 6K) picked up the pitching win for the Colonels and Wyatt Karlovich (2 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 3K) closed out the opener on the mound.

Clay Means homered, doubled, walked, and scored three runs to spark the Cass offense. Nathan Smith drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Evan Hinton had two doubles and Gavin Young finished with two hits. Matt Shook drove in a run with a double and Spell had an RBI hit. Blaine Ingram also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Catamounts took the second game of the doubleheader 6-1 behind the strong pitching performances of Justin Ketchum and Grant Goldberg. The pair combined to limited Cass to a single, unearned run on three hits and a walk. Ketcham fanned eight in the first six innings. Goldberg retired the side in order to earn a save.

Dalton’s Rhett Hammontree drove in two runs with three hits. Sebastian Orozco drove in two runs with two hits including a double.

Nathan Smith and Evan Hinton both had doubles for Cass. Thomas Botts had the other hit for the Colonels.

Blaine Ingram (3 IP, 2R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB, 2K) started on the mound for Cass and was tagged with the loss despite not allowing an earned run. Parker Hardin (1.1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 2BB, 1K), Gavin Young (0.2 IP, 1R, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 1K), Nic Wallin (1 IP, 2ER, 3H, 1BB, 2K), and Botts (1 IP, 0R, 0BB, 1H) all pitched for the Colonels.

Dalton improved to 6-1 with the Game 2 win.

Cass (4-5) returns to the diamond Monday at 5:30 p.m. when the Colonels host Murray County. They play at North Murray Wednesday and will visit Murray County on Thursday.

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