Tony Eagleburger, coach of the Cassville Ladycat softball team, has gotten to work fast building for next fall's softball campaign.
The new head coach enlisted girls from Cassville to play in a summer league in Ozark to work on their skills for the upcoming softball season and to check out area competition they might later face.
Cassville's first games were played on May 23. The Ladycats took on Fair Grove in their first match-up and Ava in their second.
The game was tight until the fifth inning when Cassville decided to finish Fair Grove. After a pitching change, Cassville blew the game wide open, scoring 10 runs in the inning and won 14-2.
As a team the girls did terrific. The squad played well in all facets of the game. Cassville was dominate at the plate, coming up with seven hits, seven walks, four doubles and eight RBI. The squad also amassed six stolen bases.
Brittany Vollenweider picked up the win. She tossed a great game, striking out 10 and walking only one in the full five innings.
Vollenweider also did well with the bat. The soon-to-be senior, tallied one hit, three runs, one double, one walk and three stolen bases. Dakota Bowman also did well in the game. Bowman went one-for-two at the dish, hit Cassville's only triple, scored two runs, picked up a walk and had an RBI.
Other players getting the bat on the ball were: Jessie Meadows 2, Brittney Gatley, Grace Salazar and Lindsey Turner.
In their second contest the softball 'Cats took on Ava.
Cassville struggled offensively but much credit was due to the opposing pitcher.
"Ava's pitcher threw a tremendous game," said Coach Eagleburger. She tallied 14 strikeouts and held Cassville hitless until the sixth inning. The local team scratched a run across then but still lost 7-1.
"I was proud of the way we fought in the last inning," said Eagleburger. "We scratched out a run off a really good pitcher."
Cassville tallied only two hits and one RBI in the contest. The Ladycats did get their first hit-by-pitch of the summer but overall struggled against the dominate hurler.
Turner pitched the second game for Cassville and got pinged up in the first couple of innings before settling down and shutting Ava out the last three.
Lea Denton, Ariel Gonzalez and Taylor Grimes stood out for Cassville. Denton drew a walk and was the first Ladycat to be pelted this year. Gonzalez tallied a hit and Cassville's only RBI. Grimes had Cassville's other hit and also walked.
The Ozark Summer League will continue through July 11. Games were rained out May 30 but continue today (Wednesday) with Cassville facing Parkview at 6 p.m. and Rogersville at 9 p.m.
The league consists of 15 local teams and plays every Wednesday, except for July 4. Cassville's team is not affiliated with the school and is supported only by local sponsors.