Softball teams picks up wins

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Cassville summer softball team playing in the Ozark League eked out two victories this week in tight games. The girls beat Parkview (Springfield) in extra innings in their first game and then shut-out Rogersville to win their second.

Parkview got on the board first in Cassville's first contest. The Springfield squad led off with a walk in the second inning, and then after a steal and a passed ball, led 1-0. Cassville answered immediately. With two on and two outs in the third inning, Jessie Meadows hit a two-run single that put Cassville back in the lead.

Parkview led off the fourth with a walk and another error and single. It tied the score at 2-2. Both the fifth and sixth innings were scoreless and so forced a seventh inning tie break.

Brittney Gatley hit a one-out double then stole third and crossed home plate on a hit from Courtney Beagle that gave Cassville the lead. The run was one of two for the Ladycats. Parkview grounded out to lead off their half of the seventh and then struck out twice, giving Cassville a 4-2 victory.

Brittany Vollenweider picked up the win for Cassville on the mound, her second of the summer. She scattered two hits, two walks and one hit-by-pitch while striking out 11 in the contest.

Gatley led the offense by far. The soon-to-be senior went two-for-three with one run, two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base. Ariell Abramovitz, Beagle and Meadows also did well. The trio combined for four-for-eight hitting with one run, one double and three RBI. Taylor Grimes also had a hit in the game.

"We played very well at times" said Coach Tony Eagleburger. "Our defense needs to get tighter and tougher, (but) overall I am very pleased with the girls at this point."

Cassville's next game was another battle this time against Rogersville.

Cassville's first run came early in the game. After two quick outs in the second inning, Ariel Gonzalez worked the count for a walk. Mandy Thompson then hit a single to move Gonzalez to second. Another walk loaded the bases, and a single by Meadows scored the run.

Cassville took advantage again in the third inning. Dakota Bowman reached base on a fielder's choice, and a walk and two passed balls later scored Cassville's only other run.

Rogersville got its best chance to score in the fourth inning when they led off with a single and a walk, but Vollenweider prevailed, striking out the next three batters and ending the threat. Cassville won the game 2-0.

Vollenweider picked up the win in the game. She threw all five innings, surrendering three hits with one walk. She struck out 11 in the game and pitched her first shut-out of the summer.

At the plate Cassville had great discipline, coming up with six walks, two of which played a role in both of Cassville's runs.

Meadows led the offense. She went two-for-three with a double and an RBI. With her production, she moved her average up to .384 and now leads the team in hits, doubles and RBI.

Lea Denton led the way on the bases for the game, officially collecting zero at-bats but drawing three of Cassville's six walks. Both Thompson and Vollenweider also had a hit in the game.

"We were real close to exploding offensively but (are) not quite there yet." said Eagleburger.

The squad's record now moves to 3-1 on the season.

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