The Cassville Wildcats have faced some adversity this season. After getting off to a 6-0 start, the Wildcats went 1-5 in their next six games and 6-6 in their next 12, however the 'Cats had gone 3-1 in their last four games and this week upped it to 6-1.
Cassville played in the round-robin Republic Tourna-ment against Republic, Crane and Monett. The Wildcats won all three of their contests and were named the tournament's outright champions, a feat they last accomplished in 2002.
Cassville first played Monett. The two teams had already met twice this season with both taking one victory. The Cubs had taken the last Big 8 Conference contest and Cassville would take their revenge in this game.
The Wildcats got behind in the game and trailed 3-1 going into the sixth inning; however, there they made a furious comeback. The 'Cats landed six hits and drew four walks all of which resulted in eight runs for the local team. The Wildcats then held on in the seventh to win 9-3.
Junior Kelby Haynes picked up his fifth win of the year on the mound. He threw all seven innings, giving up three walks and two earned runs while striking out 10. "Kelby had great command of his pitches," said Coach Rod Hemphill.
On the offensive side of things, the Wildcats were potent. The three-headed monster of Aaron Jamieson, Michael Baker and Kason Koelsch combined for five hits and five RBI. Other hitters included: Jody Cavness, Danny Naugle, Tim Orrell and Ryan Rowley.
Cassville's second game was against Crane. The Pirates took an early lead on the Wildcats, posting a run in both the first and second innings. Cassville then tied things in the fifth. Crane scored in the seventh to go up by one and put themselves in position to win the game.
The Wildcats had other thoughts though. Koelsch started the inning with an error double. The senior popped up the ball to the pitcher's mound, but the Pirates erred and let the