Wildcats at top of Big 8

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Cassville Wildcat baseball team continued its bad luck with the weather. Cassville had three games cancelled last week but was able to get in a Big 8 game against Aurora last Tuesday.

"We need the rain, but it is playing havoc with our schedule," said Coach Rod Hemphill.

The Wildcats won the match-up against Aurora by a final score of 10-7. The win boosted Cassville's record to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play. If the Wildcats are able to beat East Newton, the team will share Big 8 Conference championship honors with Seneca.

Against Aurora, Kelby Haynes got the start for the 'Cats and pitched a complete game to improve his record to 4-1. He gave up seven runs, only two of them earned, on 11 hits, five walks and nine strikeouts.

"Kelby didn't have his best stuff today, and we made some errors that didn't help, but he kept Aurora in check to gain the win," said Hemphill. "Coach Pete Rose did a nice job of keeping Kelby positive throughout the ball game."

Offensively, Cassville put up some big numbers. Spencer Lynch and Tim Orrell continue to hit the ball well and get on base at the top of the line-up.

Both Lynch and Orrell collected two hits apiece. Lynch tallied one RBI and one run scored and Orrell scored two runs and stole one base.

Haynes also had two hits with a RBI, Jason Bromley had one hit, one RBI, and two runs scored, Clay Craig and Brett Buchanan had one hit apiece, and Michael Brooks also had one hit and a RBI, rounding out the Wildcat hit attack.

"It seems like we are getting more consistency up and down our line-up right now," said Hemphill. "We scoring runs in several innings and keeping pressure on the defense."

The jayvee Wildcats also played one game this week against Aurora. The Wildcats would get a close win with a final score of 3-2.

Lane Stubblefield pitched a complete game to get the victory. Aaron Jamieson, Jake Nolan and Dylan Yarnall all had big hits to help the Wildcats. Danny Naugle also recorded a hit.

The jayvee team's record improved to 5-2-1.

"We hope to get a few games in also this week before districts," said Coach Rose.

The Wildcats open district play on Monday, May 15 with a game against Monett at 1:30 p.m. Cassville is seeded fourth in the Class 3, District 11 tourna-ment, which will be played at Republic. Ozark is the top seed.

If Cassville wins on May 15, the Wildcats play the winner of the Ozark-Aurora game on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. In case of rain on Monday, the opening game will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. The championship game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

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