WABASH — A pair of sparkling defensive plays combined with timely hitting and two-hit pitching by Evan DePew lifted the Lewis Cass Kings to their second straight Class 2A Wabash Baseball Sectional crown here Tuesday.

DePew went the distance against Northfield in the 11-1 win, shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. The lanky lefthander struggled at times, walking seven batters, but managed to come through when he had to.

Cass coach Greg Marschand gave credit to his team’s defense.

“We made some key defensive plays,” he said. “We made some plays that really turned the lights out on any fire that they had. Defensively we played a great game, and Evan, when he had to, he threw strikes. He did a fantastic job. I’m really proud of him.”

The first inning set the tone for the game. DePew walked the first two hitters he faced but struck out Norseman Jared Swan and induced Todd Swan to ground into a force out at third. With two on and two out, Northfield catcher Peyton Ross hit a screaming line drive, but Cass shortstop Cameron Cummings dove and snared the liner to end the threat.

Cass immediately went to work with the bats in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Colton Zeck smashed a drive to left center for a double. Damon Foreman walked, and Brody Edgerly tallied the first of his four RBI on the day with a sharp double down the left field line. Andrew Troutman’s ground out plated another run before DePew helped his own cause with an RBI single up the middle and a 3-0 lead.

“I was worried [before the game],” said Marschand. “This is as quiet as [the Kings] have been all year. Usually they’re a little bit loose. But after batting practice, they focused in on what was going on, and they came ready to play.”

Cass kept the pressure on in the bottom of the second. DH Caleb Comoglio led off with a long double to right, Cummings was hit by a pitch, and Keith Lee walked to load the bases. After Zeck struck out, Foreman singled in a run. Then Edgerly delivered the killing blow with a triple to right that cleared the bases and put the Kings up 7-0.

“I’ve been hitting pretty well,” said Edgerly of the big blow. “I knew it was going to be a fastball, and I just took it the other way.”

Marschand noted, “Edgerly’s come a long way. He’s hitting well over .400, and it’s awful nice to see him get up to bat as many times as we can get him there. Edge has done a great job.”

Any hopes the Norse had of climbing back in the game were effectively erased in the top of the third by a dandy double play. After loading the bases with one out, Todd Swan hit a sharp ground ball to second which the Kings turned into a rally-ending double play.

A happy DePew said: “It was a great stretch by Brody and a good turn by Damon and Cam.”

The Norse finally got on the board with a run in the fifth, but DePew escaped further damage by inducing Travis Chamberlain to ground out with the bases loaded. In all, Northfield left nine men on base.

The Kings closed out the contest in the bottom of the fifth. Cummings walked, Lee reached on an error, and Zeck singled to load the bases. Foreman then bounced a single through the right side to knock in a pair of runs and make it 9-1. After Edgerly was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Troutman ended it with a sharp single to left to plate the winning runs.

Edgerly praised DePew, his junior classmate, calling the outing DePew’s best game of the year.

Cass will face the Oak Hill Sectional winner in the Wabash Regional at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and Marschand feels his team is ready.

“I feel very good about [the Kings],” he said. “I’m very confident, and we are really looking forward to Saturday.”

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