Prep baseball: Central Cass claims Region 1 championship

No. 1 seed Central Cass held a 3-2 lead after four innings of Monday's suspended game and that also was the final on Tuesday.

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CASSELTON — Central Cass had to wait about 24 hours to make if official but the Squirrels are Region 1 champions.

No. 2 seed Northern Cass and No. 1 seed Central Cass had their Monday championship game suspended due to weather, and after the final 2-1/2 innings were played Tuesday, the score was the same, 3-2 for the Squirrels.

On Tuesday, Central Cass reliever Carter Maasjo pitched three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two.

Prior to the postponement, Central Cass jumped out to a three-run lead after one inning thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Brendan Maasjo that scored Sam Kobbervig from third and a single to right field from Kade McKinnon that brought home Alex Everson and Ethan Muchow to make it 3-0.

Northern Cass cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth on a double from Carter Osland over the head of Squirrels center fielder Alex Everson to score Carter Westlund and Jack Metzger.


Brendan Maasjo started the game on the mound for Central Cass, fanning two and walking one through four innings.

Osland started on the bump for the Jaguars, going three innings and striking out two while walking one. Trey Husar relieved Osland in the bottom of the fourth and also has two strikeouts and one walk.

A lightning strike and rainfall then forced the game to be postponed.

The Squirrels clinched their second Region 1 title in as many years and another berth in the Class B state tournament. Northern Cass was seeking its first regional title and state tourney appearance since 2016.

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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