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Colonels sweep doubleheader with Woodland to win series


The Cass Colonels bounced back from Tuesday night’s narrow loss at Woodland to sweep a Region 7-AAAAA doubleheader over the Wildcats Friday night at the Cass High Athletic Complex.

The Colonels won the opener 3-2 on a dramatic walk-off double by Matt Shook and took the nightcap 8-1 behind the strong, complete-game pitching of Jordan Gani.


CASS 3, WOODLAND 2

Cass second baseman Matt Shook drove a liner into the left field corner for a walk-off double Friday night in the Colonels 3-2 victory over Woodland.

Matt Shook drove in the game winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh as Cass nipped Woodland 3-2 in Friday night’s opener.

Jayden Smith, who picked up the pitching win for Cass in relief of starter Trey Scott, singled to start the Colonels’ seventh inning and later scored on Shook’s clutch, two-out hit.

Smith, who was a tough-luck 1-0 loser in Tuesday’s first game of the Cass-Woodland series, retired the final six outs on the mound for the Colonels. He allowed two hits and struck out one.

Scott worked the first five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and seven walks. He fanned five.

Drew Billings (1.2 IP, 1ER, 2H, 2K) suffered the pitching loss for Woodland in relief of Wildcats’ starter Scotty Smith (5 IP, 2R, 1ER, 6H, 3BB, 3K).

Shook and Smith both finished with two hits in the game for Cass. Jordan Gani, Kyle Miller, Aidan Larkin, and Nic Wallin had the other Cass base hits.

Jacob Gravett had two hits for Woodland. Ayden Ray, Peyton Posey, and Carter Heath supplied one hit each for the Wildcats. Ray added one RBI with a sacrifice fly.


CASS 8, WOODLAND 1

Cass pitcher Jordan Gani struck out 11 in a complete-game, one-hitter Friday to defeat Woodland 8-1.

Cass grabbed a 5-0 lead through three innings of Friday’s second game and added three more insurance runs in the fifth inning on their way to an 8-1 win. The offensive production was more than enough for Cass pitcher Jordan Gani who allowed just one hit and three walks to the Wildcats in a complete-game effort. The lone Woodland run was unearned and Gani struck out 11.

Gani was also productive at the plate contributing a pair of hits. Alex Freeman had an RBI single and Matt Ballas smacked an RBI double in the third inning. Kyle Miller contributed a bunt single in the Colonels’ second inning and Matt Shook added a sac fly RBI in the same frame.

The Colonels’ three-run fifth inning came without a base hit. Two hit batsmen, two walks, and a Woodland miscue led to the Cass runs.

Carter Heath (2.1 IP, 5ER, 5H, 6BB, 4K) was tagged with the pitching loss for the Wildcats. Ayden Ray (2.1 IP, 3R, 0ER, 1H, 2BB, 2K) and Nate Rosser (1.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2BB, 3K) also pitched for Woodland.

The Wildcats slip to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland starts a three-game region series at home Tuesday against Blessed Trinity.

Cass (3-9, 2-1) also plays at home Tuesday against Hiram to open a three-game set.

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