The Cougars capped another busy week of baseball, collecting four more wins and suffering a pair of losses, to begin play this week with a 15-4 mark.
Cascade belted Bellevue in a road doubleheader June 10, needing just five innings in each contest to secure mercy-rule wins of 19-5 and 15-0. The pair of victories raised the Cougars’ record in the River-Valley-North to 6-3.
Twelve different players accounted for the Cougars’ 21 hits in the 19-5 win. Designated hitter Tanner Simon led the hit parade with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate with five RBIs. Riley Reed and Kaleb Topping collected three hits, and Harris Hoffman and Ted Weber two.
Two-base hits were the rule of the day, with Hoffman, Weber and Topping notching two.
Eli Green pitched four innings for the abbreviated win, allowing four earned runs on three hits, walking six and striking out four.
Simon worked one inning, allowing an earned run on a hit, issuing three walks and fanning one.
The Cougars benefited from keen batting eyes in the other game, waiting out 12 walks and adding eight hits to the offensive attack.
Logan Otting supplied Cascade’s only multi-hit performance, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, and scoring three runs.
Hoffman was in the zone from the mound, tossing a five-inning complete game, scattering just three hits and striking out seven, while walking none.
The Cougars returned home to match up with a tough Kee High squad June 11 and came away with a split, dropping the first contest 7-5, but coming back for a 6-3 victory in the nightcap.
They got on the board in the first inning of game one, with lead-off batter Hoffman reaching on an error. He moved to third on a stolen base and error, but got to trot home two outs later when Reed launched a two-run homer over the fence in right, making it 2-0. It was Reed’s first long ball of the season.
Kee tied it with two in the top of the fourth, scoring first on a fielder’s choice groundout and plating another on an RBI single, but the Cougars were able to escape with no further damage.
Cascade grabbed the lead back with a single run in the bottom of the frame when Green walked, and scored the same way when Hoffman coaxed a free pass with the bases loaded.
It was Cascade’s last lead in the contest, as Kee piled on two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth. The Cougars managed single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Otting took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out eight and walking four.
Tom Knepper pitched the other two frames, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out a pair and walked one.
The Cougars again jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, but trailed 3-2 before tying it in the third at 3-3. The home team did the rest of the scoring, with two runs crossing the plate in the fourth and the Cougars adding an insurance run in the sixth.
Caden Reinke earned the complete-game win, going all seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, walking five and fanning a pair.
Otting went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, Hoffman and Simon had two hits, and Jack Menster hustled out a three-bagger.
The Cougars came out on the short end of a 4-3 decision at Tipton June 13, with the hosts pushing a run across in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.
Cascade bats were held to just four hits — a Hoffman triple, doubles from Rausch and Weber, and a two-run single from Menster.
Topping pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, just one of which was earned. He struck out six and walked three.