Softball girls are looking better

Thursday, October 5, 2006
Ladycat seniors are honored Senior members of the 2006 Ladycat softball squad were honored Monday before the start of Cassville's final home game of the season. Pictured from left, are: Julie Cupps, and her parents, Sandy and Johnny Cupps, of Shell Knob; and Jessie Gripka, and her parents, Rob and Netta Gripka, of Cassville. Both girls were praised by Coach Bonnie Cox for their level of play, leadership and positive representation of Cassville High School during their four-year high school career. Democrat Photo (b)

The Cassville softball girls started their week out in Branson, playing a very good Pirate team last Monday.

Branson would start the scoring, managing to bring a runner across in the second. However, Cassville would strike back in the third, scoring a runner of their own. The score would remained tied at 1-1 until the fifth inning when Cassville would show some offensive fire power piling on six runs, putting the score at 7-1.

Branson would answer back a little, cutting the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Then Cassville would blank in the sixth, but Branson would not do the same as their offense found its stroke and scored six runs, giving the Lady Pirates a 7-9 advantage.

Cassville was unable to find any more runs in the seventh and fell to Branson.

Despite losing, the Ladycats showed something they have lacked all season, offense. This newly found skill should help the Wildcats in many games to come.

Those contributing were: Julie Cupps three-for-three; Jessica Meadows, two-for-two with an RBI; and Courtney Beagle, one-for-four with an RBI.

Brittany Vollenweider did the pitching and was able to strike out 10 and give up only nine hits.

The very next day Cassville played Reeds Spring. In this game Cassville showed that it had not mastered the art of offense, as they were only able to come up with three hits combined.

The Wildcats would take the early lead in the first 1-0, but Reeds would rally in the second, scoring four, and that would be all they needed as Cassville was only able to get one more run across, leaving the game at 2-4 Reeds Spring.

Cupps went two-for-three on the day with a stolen base, and Jessie Gripka went one-for-three with a double.

Cassville finished up the regular week with a game against Southwest. The Ladycats again would show some offensive prowess.

In the second inning the Wildcats brought home three runs. The Trojans answered back, scoring four in the bottom of the inning. For the next four innings neither team could get a run across, but Cassville would come up big in the seventh, scoring three more runs and then holding on for the win.

Pitching on the day was provided by Vollenweider who gave up eight hits but also struck out eight. Hitting came from all Cassville players but standouts were Annie Coupland, three-for-three, Julie Cupps, two-for-four with an RBI, and Jessie Gripka, one-for-four with an RBI.

After the week was done Cassville moves to 5-12 on the season, but more than that, the squad broke through and finally showed that offensive edge that they have been struggling to find all season.

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The Cassville JV squad posted a 10-0 win in five innings over Reeds Spring and a 0-10 loss to Branson.

In the Reeds Spring game, Morgan Still earned the win, striking out nine and walking none.

Ladycat batting leaders were: Kelsey Munoz, two hits and two runs scored; Mandy Thompson, one hit and one run scored; Bailey Staponski, one run scored; Annie Coupland, one hit and one run scored; Chelsea Krallman, one hit; Ariell Abramovitz, two runs scored; Still, one hit and one run scored; Melissa Moore, one run scored; and Anna Rashe, one run scored.

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