Wildcats end Big 8 play with win

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Cassville Wildcats played two games this week. The 'Cats beat Aurora 16-4 in their final Big 8 Conference game and then lost to Carthage 11-0.

Cassville traveled to Aurora for their last Big 8 contest. The Wildcats were looking to stay above .500 in the league coming in with a record of 3-3.

The game was close until the Wildcats opened things up in the fourth inning. With Aaron Jamieson's inside-the-park home run, Cassville's offense broke loose. The Wildcats scored eight times in the fourth inning and then five more times in the fifth to beat Aurora 16-4 in a five-inning contest.

Michael Baker started the game for the 'Cats and picked up another win for the season. He scattered six hits, while walking five and striking out five. The conditions of the game, rainy and humid, were not conducive to good pitching, but Baker handled it well according to Coach Rod Hemphill.

"Michael did a good job of handling a wet, slick baseball all day," Hemphill said.

As a team, the Wildcats were very patient in the batter's box, drawing 11 walks.

Jody?Cavness went three-for-four in the game, scoring three times and knocking in two runs. Andrew Gryder also did well. He picked up a hit, a run and an RBI. Other hitters for Cassville were: Kason Koelsch 2, Tim Orrell 2 and Jake Nolan.

"It was tough conditions," said Coach Rod Hemphill, "but our players were disciplined at the plate and put pressure on them with our team speed."

Cassville also hosted Carthage this week in what was Senior Night for both Koelsch and Orrell.

The Tigers got off to a quick start as they blasted Cassville for six runs in the first inning. Cassville stopped the bleeding for a while but could muster no offense against their visitors. The Tigers went on to score two in the fourth and three in the fifth. Cassville lost the game 11-0.

Cory Howard started on the mound for the 'Cats and Nolan relieved.

Koelsch led the Wildcat offense, going two-for-three. Gryder provided the only other Cassville hit.

Cassville now moves to 10-6 and finishes 4-3 in the conference.

The Wildcats are competing in the Republic Tournament this week, and will start district play on Monday, May 14 at Bolivar. Cassville has been seeded fifth and will face off against fourth-seeded Branson (6-6) at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on 95.9 KKBL.

If the Wildcats win, they will play the winner of the Willard (14-3) versus Aurora (2-17) match-up on Tuesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. Willard is seeded first in the tournament.

JV baseball action

The Wildcat junior varsity squad finished its season this week, wrapping up with a win over Carthage.

Ryan Pace started for the 'Cats and picked up the win. "Ryan has done well all year on the mound for us." said Coach Kyle Wood.

Cody Pierson, Aaron Jamieson, Aaron Brooks, Pace and James Alberson all had hits in the game.

The junior varsity finishes the season with a 7-5 record.

Ninth-grade action

The freshman baseball team got their first win of the season this week. Unfortunately, it was also their last game of the season.

The young 'Cats were behind 1-4 going into the bottom of the third, but their bats came alive as they drove in five runs and won the game 6-4.

Kyle Rhea picked up the win as Cassville's pitcher. He also helped his own cause going one-for-two with a run and an RBI.

Cody Cantwell led the team going one-for-one with a run and two stolen bases, and Ross Dellosantos also helped, hitting one-for-three with two runs scored.

The freshman team ends their season with a record of 1-11.

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