The Cassville Wildcat baseball team had several of its games rained out last week but would win the only game they played. A convincing 9-1 victory over Mt. Vernon gives Cassville a 4-1 record in the Big 8 and puts them at the top of the conference.
Cassville opened up early last Thursday, scoring twice in the first inning. The Wildcats scored two more runs in the fourth and fifth and then three more in the sixth.
"We kept the pressure on and continued to score runs by stealing, errors and putting the ball in play," said Coach Rod Hemphill.
Offensively, Ashton Dorris continued his swinging of a hot bat, collecting two hits, three RBIs, scoring two runs, and stealing two bases. Michael Brooks and Clay Craig also collected two hits, and Brett Buchanan, Tim Orrell and Spencer Lynch tallied one hit each.
"One of Michael's hits was a triple that really got us started," said Hemphill. "We hit the ball effectively with only two strikeouts and ran the bases well to run our conference record at 4-1."
Kelby Haynes took the mound for the Wildcats and added another superb pitching performance to his profile. Haynes went seven innings, allowed one run on five hits and three walks and struck out four. His one run was a solo homerun that came in the third inning. Haynes and Coach Pete Rose attacked Mt. Vernon's weaknesses and were in control most of the game. With the win, Haynes' record improved to 3-1 and one save.
"This was a good win to keep us with a chance in conference," said Hemphill.
The jayvee Wildcats also had several games rained out, including their jayvee tournament.
The young 'Cats also played Mt. Vernon and recorded a 6-3 victory.
Jody Cavness, Cory Lebow and Ryan Rowley all had good games at the plate. Dannon Rose was the starting pitcher and went five innings to pick up the win.
The jayvee are coached by Coach Rose.
The Wildcats will host Purdy on Thursday, May 4 for "Senior Day." Cassville then travels to Carthage on May 5 and finishes the week on Saturday at East Newton.