Cassville and Monett battled it out for 13 innings last Thursday in what Ladycat Coach Bonnie Cox described as a "great high school softball game." In the end, the Ladycats fell 2-1 despite a brilliant, hard-fought battle.
Cassville scored its first run in the 10th inning when sophomore Jessie Meadows led off with a hit, advanced to second on a bunt by senior Julie Cupps, reached third on a passed ball and then crossed the plate when Courtney Beagle hit a fly into right that was dropped.
Monett tied the game up after tallying a pair of two-out hits. Their winning run was scored in the 13th inning.
"Both teams played extremely well and neither deserved to lose," said Cox. "Our girls held Monett scoreless in five different innings with a runner on third."
Junior Brittany Vollenweider handled pitching duties for the Ladycats and struck out 12 batters in the marathon contest. She gave up only six hits. Monett powerhouse pitcher Brittany Davis was able to strike out 26, giving up seven hits.
Meadows led the Ladycat offense with three hits on the night. Dakota Bowman tallied two hits and Beagle and Gabby LeCompte added a hit apiece.
"Our young team grew up a lot tonight," said Cox. "They battled with all of their hearts for 13 innings. I am very proud of each and every player."
The Ladycats picked up their third win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Miller last Tuesday.
Senior Jessie Gripka drove in what proved to be the winning run with a single down the right field line to score Cupps in the top of the seventh. Meadows snared a sinking fly in the outfield to end the game with Miller runners on second and third.
"The girls played extremely well against a strong Miller team that finished third in the state in their division last year," said Cox. "Every player contributed in a very satisfying win."
Cupps was three-for-four from the plate, and Beagle was two-for-four/ Vollenweider went one-for-four with two RBIs, Gripka was one-for-four with one RBI and Meadows was one-for three with a double and one RBI.
"Vollenweider and the Ladycat defense held Miller scoreless through five innings," said Cox. "Then we withstood two Miller rallies in the sixth and seventh to gain the victory."
The Ladycats host McDonald County on Thursday night and Carthage on Monday, Sept. 11. Both games will begin at 4:30 p.m.