Local Legion team starts rolling

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Pitching ace Jake Nolan, a member of the Cassville American Legion Post #118 baseball team, pitches in a recent home game. Nolan is 2-0 on the season and has an ERA of 2.85. Sweet Memories Photography (b)

The Cassville American Legion Post 118 baseball team has already started their grueling summer schedule. The squad got off to a rough start but have won their last three games in a row and will play for the Carl Junction Tourna-ment Championship sometime this week. (Note: game had to be rescheduled due to rain.)

Cassville's first opponent in the CJ tournament was Monett. The opposing squad got on top first, scoring a run in the first inning off a sacrifice hit.

Cassville answered back in the third inning. After one run scored to tie, David Gilley hit an RBI double that scored Kelby Haynes and gave Cassville a 2-1 advantage. However, Monett capitalized on a wild pitch and tied the game back up at 2-2 in the bottom of the third.

Cassville's offense woke up in the fourth inning and four runs were scored. Jody Cavness got the ball rolling in the inning as he hit an RBI single that scored Michael Baker to give the lead back to Cassville.

Monett could not surmount a comeback. The Cubs did get two singles in the fifth but could not get anyone home. Haynes hit an RBI double in the sixth and helped Cassville score three runs. The local team won the game 9-2. Jake Nolan picked up the pitching win.

Cassville's next game pitted them against Carl Junction. The squad took charge early, scoring two runs in the first. The first run came off a single by Chris Musick. CJ cut the deficit in half though, scoring on an error. Both pitchers dueled through the second and third, giving up no runs.

In the fourth, Cassville again would put a two spot on the board, this time without any retaliation. The squad then scored four in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Gilley had the big hit of the inning with a two-run double. Cassville won the game 9-3. Baker ended up with the pitching victory.

Cassville's most recent contest was against McDonald County. Cassville again put up two runs in the first. The Mustangs got one of the runs back with an RBI single, but Cassville extended their lead with a three-run second inning.

McDonald County scored two runs in the third but did not score again in what was Cassville's third victory. Haynes picked up the win for the 7-3 outcome.

Cassville will now play for the tournament championship against Pittsburg, Kan., when the game is rescheduled. The home team's record now stands at 4-3 on the season.

From the mound, Nolan has been consistently good. Nolan has pitched 12.3 innings and is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.85.

For the offense, Kason Koelsch is getting the job done. He has a batting average of .423, leads the team with 11 hits, has scored 12 times and has three stolen bases. Gilley is also doing well. He leads Cassville in extra-base hits with five doubles and a homerun. He is batting .417 with an on-base percentage of .461.

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