Ladycat softball team loses heartbreaker to Nixa

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Last Monday, the Cassville Ladycat softball team (8-9) traveled to Nixa where the varsity girls lost a heartbreaker. In the top second, senior Brittany Taylor knocked in Carrie Forsythe to put the Ladycats up 1-0. That lead would last until the bottom of the sixth when Nixa scored three to claim a 3-1 come-from-behind victory.

Ladycat offense came from Jessie Gripka, who went two-for-three, Amber Bowman and Julie Cupps, who both went one-for-three, Brittany Taylor, one-for-three with a RBI and Forsythe, who went one-for-three and scored once.

On the mound, Cassville's Carla Gautney allowed three runs off of six hits while walking eight and striking out three.

"We had a chance in the fourth to expand the lead with the bases loaded," said Coach Bonnie Cox. "We just are not coming up with the big hit in the game that can make the difference and take some pressure off of our defense."

In the junior varsity game, Cassville came out on top by a score of 11-8.

The young Ladycats were behind 7-2 entering the fourth and were able to score four runs to narrow Nixa's lead at 7-6. In the fifth, Cassville came up big on offense with five more runs. The Ladycat defense limited Nixa to one run in the fifth and final inning.

Morgan Still was the winning pitcher and she was helped out on offense by Jessica Meadows and Dakota Bowman, who had two hits each. Tracy Dolis, Gabby LeCompte, Brittney Gatley, Ariell Abramo-vitz, Anna Rashe, Chealsey Moore, Melissa Weatherman and Tia Baker all added one hit each. Still also had a hit in the game.

Last Thursday, the Ladycats played host to Lamar and beat the Lady Tigers 8-1 for a Big 8 Conference win.

Cassville picked up one run in the first and then would score three more in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Then in the fourth, the Ladycats would score three more to put them up 7-0. An eighth run was added in the fifth.

Sophomore Brittany Vollen-weider pitched a complete game and was assisted by battery mate Forsythe. Vollenweider gave up one run off two hits with four strikeouts.

Defensively, the Ladycats were great. First baseman Gatley, shortstop Cupps and right fielder Taylor excelled. Taylor recorded three put-outs, Gatley had two put-outs with eight assists, and Cupps had two put-outs with three assists.

The junior varsity Ladycats also managed a win over Lamar after trailing 4-1 at the end of the third. Cassville scored one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to earn a 5-4 victory.

Dakota Bowman, Gatley, LeCompte, Abramovitz and Rashe all scored runs for the Cassville team. Rashe scored the game winner after Melissa Weatherman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Dakota Bowman picked up two hits while Meadows, Paige Hukill and Kayla Duncan all had one hit each.

On Friday, Cassville hosted the Purdy Eagles and earned a 3-2 victory.

The Ladycats trailed 1-0 until the fourth when they would score their three runs. Taylor, Juli Yarnall and Cupps all scored runs for the Ladycats. Cassville had 10 hits in the contest with Forsythe and Gripka getting two hits and Gautney, Cupps, Vollen-weider, Megan Day, Taylor and Yarnall adding one hit each.

Senior Amber Bowman was the starting pitcher and got the win. She gave up two runs and had nine strikeouts. Gautney would come in for relief in the sixth and closed out the game for a save. She struck out three of the seven batters she faced. Cassville's defense helped by stranding runners at second and third in both the sixth and seventh innings.

On Saturday, the Ladycats fell to Aurora at home by a score of 4-3.

Aurora scored early in the first to put them up 2-0. In the second inning, the Lady Houn' Dawgs added another run before Cassville answered with their first run in the bottom of the inning. The Ladycats edged closer in the third by adding a second run but stranded runners at first and second to end the inning. No other Cassville runners reached base after the third inning.

Day and Yarnall scored Cassville's runs, and Gripka picked up two hits for the 'Cats.

Vollenweider and Gautney combined to limit Aurora to three hits, but five defensive errors helped Aurora score three unearned runs.

Cassville will host South-west on Sept. 30, which marks the squad's last regular season home game. Eight seniors and one manager will be honored before the game.

On Saturday, the Ladycats will host the Ladycat Softball Invitational at the Cassville Aquatic Park softball fields. Cassville, East Newton, Marionville and Wheaton make up Pool #1 and Aurora, Ash Grove, Monett and Southwest compete as members of Pool #2.

The Ladycats are scheduled to play Marionville at 8:30 a.m. on Field #7, Wheaton at 10 a.m. on Field #7 and East Newton at 1 p.m. on Field #7.

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