Wildcats fall to state-ranked Hollister
Last week, the Cassville Wildcats were to play McDonald County on Thursday
at home, but due to rain the game was postponed and will be made up on April 24 at Wildcat Field.
On Friday, weather conditions were favorable as the Wildcats hosted Hollister, a Class 2A team that is currently ranked fourth in the state.
The Wildcats played very well in the first three innings, even scoring the first run of the game, but Hollister would turn it around by scoring six runs in the fourth inning on timely hits and fielding errors. Hollister scored again in the sixth, giving Hollister a 7-1 victory.
"Hollister is a very good team with excellent pitching and a solid line-up," said Coach Rod Hemphill.
Senior Ashton Dorris was the starting pitcher for the Wildcats and pitched well for the first three innings then ran into problems in the fourth, giving up six runs.
"Ashton got his ball up a few times, and Hollister is state ranked for a reason," said Coach Hemphill.
Dorris lasted until the sixth inning when Clay Craig came in, providing excellent relief. Craig went two innings, striking out two, walking four and giving up no hits.
"Hollister's pitcher was one of the best pitchers we have seen all year," said Hemphill. "He threw hard, worked ahead in the count and had a good breaking ball."
Cassville would manage only four hits in the contest. The hits came from Dorris and Tim Orrell, who both recorded doubles, and from Michael Brooks and Kelby Haynes, who had singles.
"Cassville had 12 strikeouts and five fielding errors against a very good team, which led to our problems," said Hemphill. "With conference play starting next week, we need to get going."
On Thursday, the Wildcats travel to Carl Junction and then host Monett on Tuesday, April 18. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The junior varsity Wildcats suffered their loss of the season to Hollister, falling 9-0.
"We had the same problem as the varsity with making fielding errors and not hitting well," said Coach Pete Rose.
Jody Cavness went to the mound and did well in the first few innings. He had relief help from Dannon Rose.
Ryan Rowley had a good night at the plate for the Wildcat jayvee, collecting several hits.