By Justin Whitaker
SPEEDWAY — The Cascade Cadets baseball team opened up the IHSAA sectionals with a disappointing result.
Cascade failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities as they fell to host Speedway 7-1 early Monday afternoon.
“We had bases loaded three times and didn’t score a run,” Cascade coach Jason Thompson said. “We left I think 13 runners on and just couldn’t get the big hit. With a young team, I guess that’s to be expected to a point. Unfortunately we couldn’t come through.”
The Cadets got a hit in five of the seven innings but left scoring opportunities on base each inning. Thompson credited it to a team with only two seniors and little experience.
“Hopefully next year we can capitalize on that,” he said. “That’s kind of been the story of our season where we just haven’t taken advantage with runners in scoring position. We either hit it right at them or we don’t take advantage of it.”
Speedway got on board with three runs in the first inning.
A Ty Comer RBI single to left field scored senior Drew Scott in the third inning but it was the only scoring Cascade could muster. Comer led all Cadets with two hits. Also earning hits were senior Colin Smith, Sawyer Donovan and Brayden Kennedy.
The Sparkplugs responded in the third after Cascade’s score with two of their own. Speedway also added runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In those fifth and sixth innings, the Cadets left the bases loaded on both times.
Thompson’s two seniors Scott and Smith withstood a tough season for Cascade.
“It’s been a tough year, we were 8-18,” Thompson said. “They fought through it, they didn’t quit and kept battling all the way through and that says a lot about them.”