The Cassville Wildcat baseball team had a very busy team last week as they played five games in five days, winning four out of five.
Last Tuesday, the Monett Cubs came to town to play a conference game. Cassville made a quick start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats not only hit the ball well but also ran the bases well, going nine-for-nine on stolen bases.
Offensively, Tim Orrell collected three hits and scored three runs. Ashton Dorris also had two hits and four RBIs while Jason Bromley tallied two hits and three RBIs. Clay Craig had two hits with one being his first home run of the year. Kason Koelsch, Michael Brooks and Cory Lebow each added one hit apiece.
Craig was the winning pitcher, going six and a third innings and battling a very good Monett team that knows how hit. Kelby Haynes came into relieve Craig in the seventh and got two outs to preserve the win.
"That was big to get off to a fast start," said Coach Rod Hemphill. "Craig battled all day
Cassville continued its strong play and picked up another Big 8 win over Seneca on their turf. This game turned into a pitchers' duel with Haynes throwing a great game and picking up the win on a final score of 2-1.
The Wildcats scored two runs of of Dorris' single in the third inning. Spencer Lynch, Bromley and Brett Buchanan all recorded hits in the victory.
"Coach Rose and Kelby were in sync all day long, keeping Seneca down to three hits and one earned run," said Coach Hemphill.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 3-1 in conference play.
On Friday, the Wildcats began play in the Monett Tournament against East Newton. Cassville started quick, scoring eight runs on 11 hits in the first inning.
Lynch, Orrell, Bromley and Bryan Gryder all had two hits apiece to pace the attack. Craig, Dorris, Brooks, Koelsch, Lebow, Haynes, Michael Baker, Ryan Rowley, Aaron Jamieson and Dannon Rose all collected one hit each, pounding out 19 hits in four innings.
Lane Stubblefield got the start for the Wildcats and went five strong innings, collecting his first varsity win of the season.
"We stayed back on the ball, and the whole team hit well," said Hemphill.
In the second game of the tournament, the Wildcats faced off against Seneca on Saturday. Cassville won that game by a score of 10-6 in a come-from-behind victory. Dorris got the start for the Wildcats and had a little bit of trouble in the third inning, but regained his focus and finished strong to pick up the victory.
Offensively, Dorris and Buchanan led the way. Both collected three hits and both belted two-run homers in the fifth inning. Clearing the bases twice turned out to be what turned the game around, and Cassville went on to score four more runs in the sixth inning.
Lynch also had three hits in the game, and Craig tallied two. Orrell, Haynes and Brooks all collected one hit each.
"It was nice to see Ashton throw better, especially the last four innings," said Hemphill.
In the championship game, Cassville played Big 8 rival Monett. The hosts ended up winning the game by a score of 14-9.
Brooks got the start for Cassville, and he pitched well for his first outing, going four and a third innings.
Buchanan and Koelsch led the team on the offensive side, getting three hits apiece. Orrell, Bromley and Craig each had two hits and Lynch and Dorris had one hit to round out the line-up.
"Coach Rose and I were very proud of how the team is coming together and playing hard," said Coach Hemphill.
The team's record currently stands at 6-7.
The Wildcats host Mt. Vernon on Thursday, Seneca on Friday and Purdy next Tuesday.
The junior varsity team also played Monett and Seneca last week.
The Cubs earned a 9-4 victory on a night when the Wildcats didn't play to their potential.
Baker went to the mound and had relief help from Jody Cavness. Offensively, Cory Howard, Danny Naugle and Ryan Rowley hit well against Monett.
The JV team, coached by Pete Rose, then bounced back and got the win against Seneca.
Dannon Rose got the start and did well. Rose, Aaron Jamieson, Howard and Rowley all were strong from the plate to help in the victory.
The freshmen Wildcats traveled to Aurora for a doubleheader and split games with the Houn' Dawgs.
Cassville lost the first game by a score of 5-8 and then won the second game by a score of 10-8.
"The second game was a terrific comeback," said Coach Tony Eagleburger.
Jake Nolan took to the mound the first game and scattered nine hits in five innings. He also struck out three, walked five and gave up five earned runs.
Offensively, Cody Pierson led the young 'Cats, going two-for-two and tallying three RBIs. Vinee McCracken was one-for-three with a run, and Patrick Maher was also one-for-three with n RBI double. Aaron Brooks was one-for-three, Zach Brasher scored two runs, Nolan scored a run and David Lunsford was one-for-two with one run scored.
In the second game, Brooks got the win, pitching two innings and striking out four.
James Alberson had a strong game, going two-for-three with two RBIs. Nathan Riehn was two-for-two with two RBIs and two runs scored. Other big hitters were: William Alberson, one-for-three; Lunsford, a sacrifice and one run scored; Chris Paul, one RBI; Brasher, two runs scored; Maher, pinch hit RBI double; and Pace, one-for-three.
The CHS freshmen record now stands at 4-4.