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Ladycats place fourth at Cassville Invitational

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

This past Saturday, the Cassville Ladycats (11-13) hosted the annual Cassville Tournament, an eight-team double pool play tournament, at the Cassville Aquatic Park. The Ladycats took fourth place in the tournament, winning two out of four games.

Cassville opened the tourney with a game against Marionville. The Lady Comets gave the Ladycats an early wake-up call by winning 4-2.

Cassville scored first, just getting one run across the plate in the first, but the Comets scored one in the second to tie it. Cassville took the lead in the third with a second run, but the Comets scored in the bottom of the inning to tie it up again. They would then run away with the game, scoring one in the fourth and one in the fifth.

"We were held to three hits by a pitcher that we should have hit well," said Coach Bonnie Cox. "We cannot expect two runs to win many games."

In the next game, the Ladycats came out hitting to beat Wheaton 12-3. Cassville scored five runs in the first inning and Wheaton answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Cassville came back in the top of the second to score three more runs before adding four more in the third for a 12-3 victory.

"I wish we could bottle this game offensively. It shows we really can hit," said Cox.

Offensively, the Ladycats had 12 total hits, one of the best hitting games of their season.

With the win, Cassville was put face to face with East Newton. The Lady Patriots had just come off a win against Marionville and entered the game with a 2-0 record. A win over East Newton would throw Cassville into a three-way tie. The tiebreaker would be determined by least runs scored, which Cassville had entering the game.

The game remained scoreless until the third inning when Cassville scored three runs. The Ladycats also scored in three runs in the fourth to give then a 6-0 advantage. In the end, Cassville defeated East Newton 8-4.

Offensively, Cassville had 11 hits with Julie Cupps, Jessie Gripka, Brittany Vollenweider, and Brittany Taylor tallying two hits each. Carla Gautney pitching a complete game against the Lady Patriots, giving up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

"We entered the game in position to win our pool and play for first, despite the loss to Marionville," said Coach Cox. "We were leading the tiebreaker in least runs scored. Although we won the game, giving up three runs in the seventh knocked us out of the first place game and put us into the third place game, because Marionville gave up 10 runs in pool and we gave up 11. It was a good win, but disappointing that we gave up the late runs.

"Overall, this game was one of our best performances," added Cox.

The third place game would be played against Aurora. Cassville led early after scoring one in the second, but that was all they would get, as they were held scoreless throughout the remainder of the game.

The Lady Houn's scored one run in the fourth, four more in the sixth and three more in the seventh to win the game by a final score of 8-1.

Offensively, Cassville had four hits total. Hits came from Gripka, Gautney, Carrie Forsythe and Vollenweider. Gautney went five and a third innings, allowing five runs off of eight hits, before being relieved by Amber Bowman, who went one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs off of five hits.

"We had another weak offensive performance," said Cox. "We have to hit more consistently throughout the game. It was the second time in a week we've seen this pitcher, and we have not had much success against her."

With the loss, Cassville went to 11-13 on the year, but have a chance to get closer to a .500 season as they meet up with Branson on Thursday at 5 p.m. for the first round of district play at Branson High School.

Cassville is seeded fifth in the tournament, and Branson is seeded fourth. The tournament's top seed is Reeds Spring. The Monett Lady Cubs were selected as the district's second seed.

one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs off of five hits.

"We had another weak offensive performance," said Cox. "We have to hit more consistently throughout the game. It was the second time in a week we've seen this pitcher, and we have not had much success against her."

With the loss, Cassville went to 11-13 on the year, but have a chance to get closer to a .500 season as they meet up with Branson on Thursday at 5 p.m. for the first round of district play at Branson High School.

Cassville is seeded fifth in the tournament, and Branson is seeded fourth. The tournament's top seed is Reeds Spring. The Monett Lady Cubs were selected as the district's second seed.



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