Bases loaded, full count, and two outs and Austin Holt took care of business.
The Kings made history in Oxford, Indiana Friday night as they defeated the Benton Central Bison 5-4 to claim the school’s first ever outright Hoosier Conference Championship.
Coming into the game, the Kings knew the Bison (14-4) were pretty good because they made it to the conference championship, but they couldn’t withstand the heat of the Kings. The Kings went up 2-0 in the 4th inning to lead the Bison before the Bison answered back to tie it all up in the bottom of the 4th. Later, in the 5th, the Kings brought two more runs across the plate to go ahead 4-3. Cass then bore down and did whatever it took to answer back to bring across one more run in the sixth to give the Kings a cushion to pull out the victory.
The Kings’ Reece Rodabaugh started the contest on the hill for the Kings, allowing two runs, no hits, and three walks while striking out 2 in 3 ⅓ innings. Dixon Collins recorded the win for the Kings in relief of Rodabaugh, allowing two runs on five hits, and one walk while striking out three in 3 ⅓. Austin Holt got the save for the Kings while striking out the final two batters in the seventh.
The Kings’ Kobe Hicks was 2-for-2 with two RBIs with a run scored. Caden Zeck had a double, single, and RBI with Reece Rodabaugh having two hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Gabe Eurit had a single and an RBI and Easton Good had a triple, later scoring. Joey Humphrey had a double for the contest.
Kings coach Greg Marschand was very pleased with the way his team competed to win the conference outright. “Our guys played tremendously. Benton Central is a very talented ball team. We hung in there and kept plugging away.” He went on to say, “These guys are a bunch of tough nuts.”
The Kings travel to Lafayette Central Catholic on Tuesday, Delphi on Wednesday, and are back home for senior night to face West Lafayette in the Kings’ final home game for the regular season on Thursday night. Their first sectional matchup will be next Wednesday the 22nd at Wabash to take on the Oak Hill Golden Eagles (7-11).