For those who haven't heard Cassville is only three weeks away from a teen explosion. The Babe Ruth State tournament is slated to be held in Cassville July 26-29.
Competing in this tournament will be a combination team that all align under the Cassville Babe Ruth charter. The Charter includes the Cassville Arning team, the Cassville Rotary team, the Cassville Democrat team and the East Newton squad.
In their league the Cassville Rotary team is fourth with 11 wins and six losses. The East Newton team is 7-7 and fifth and the Cassville Arning is 0-12 and ninth.
The Cassville Democrat team is second in the league on a tie breaker as Aurora Hicks and they both have a league record of 14-2. The Democrat's team is 23-5 overall.
The Cassvile Democrat team's head coach is Charlie Steward. Coach Steward said this about his team, "I've got a group of boys that I feel really want to play and really want to learn."
All four teams will play in the league tournament starting July 5. The Democrat's game is at 6 p.m. against Marionville at Marionville. The East Newton game is against Monett at 8 p.m. also in Marionville. The Cassville Rotary squad plays Mt. Vernon at 8 p.m. at Aurora. The Cassville Arning team takes on Aurora Paurbury at 6 p.m. at Aurora.
After the league tournament, the "All-Star" team will be chosen to compete in the state tournament. That team will play 11 games before the tournament begins.
Some of their top players likely will include Ricky Vanderpool, Joshua Steward, Levi Roberts and Josh Hartin.
Vanderpool has been tearing it up at the plate this year. He has a batting average of .469 with 19 runs, 16 stolen bases, nine RBI and three extra-base hits. Steward has a colossal .552 average with 12 RBI, 11 runs, eight stolen bases, and four extra-base hits. Roberts is batting an even .500 with eight runs, four extra-base hits, six stolen bases, and his team leading 17 RBI.
Hartin on the other hand has been great on the hill. The Southwest (R-V) native is 3-1 this season striking out 16 while only giving up one solitary run.
The tournament includes many features like Louie the Cardinal from the Springfield Cardinals and sports-telecaster Rob Evans from local CBS affiliate KOLR-10.
More information on the event can be found at the website address www.cassville.com/baberuth.htm. Viewers can vote on a tournament T-shirt design, find out ticket prices, or sign up to be a volunteer or host family for one of the incoming teams. Host families are still needed and if interested you can also contact Charlie Steward at 847-0006.