Softball girls hit a summer slump

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Cassville summer league softball team competed in two more games this week. The girls, according to Coach Tony Eagleburger, fell into a "funk" and lost both contests.

In their first contest, Cassville took on Glendale. The Falcons led off the game in fine fashion, sending seven batters to the plate in the first inning. The girls from Glendale tallied two hits, one walk, one RBI and three runs. They also left Cassville with two errors on the scoreboard. Cassville trailed 3-0 in the second inning when Brittney Vollenweider lead off with a walk and Dakota Bowman singled behind her, but the Ladycats could not get the big hit. Two batters flied-out and one struck out.

The squad's only other chance in the game was in the sixth inning when Jessie Meadows garnered a base-hit to lead off the inning. Meadows stole second and got all the way to third in the frame but did not advance as the last batter grounded out to the shortstop.

Lindsey Turner started on the mound for Cassville. She threw the complete game, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Turner, 0-2, struck out seven and lowered her ERA to 1.75.

"Turner pitched well enough to get the win, (but) we didn't hit." said Eagleburger.

Meadows and Bowman provided the only hits for Cassville. They both also had a stolen base. Vollenweider also had two walks in the contest.

In their second game of the week, Cassville took on Ozark. The opposition started the scoring again in this contest. Two errors, a base-hit and a stolen base allowed Ozark to score the first two runs in the game. In the fourth inning they added to their lead. With two outs an Ozark batter singled, the next batter then reached on a passed ball, the runner then attempted to advance to second and the ball was overthrown, allowing the lead runner to score before the second runner was thrown out at third.

Cassville started the sixth inning with two fly-outs but then doubles by Vollenweider and Bowman lifted the Ladycats' spirit. Gabby LeCompte drove in a run on an attempted fielder's choice, cutting the score to 3-2. A fly-out from the next Cassville batter ended the game.

Vollenweider (3-1) started on the hill for the Ladycats. She went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The soon-to-be senior showed great command of the strike zone, giving up only one walk and lowering her seven-inning average to an impressive 1.6. Bowman led the team offensively, going one-for-three with a run, a double and an RBI. Bowman is also now on a two-game hitting streak, her first of the summer. Vollenweider was Cass-ville's other big contributor, going one-for-three at the dish. She scored her team-leading sixth run and had a double. Meadows also got a hit in the contest, giving her a four-game hitting streak and a team-leading batting average of .368. Turner had a base-hit as well.

Cassville's next game will be played on Wednesday, June 27. They face Reeds Spring at 6 p.m. and Morrisville at 9 p.m.

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