The Cassville summer softball squad who has been playing in the Ozark League finished up their season this past week. The girls, missing many of their key players, struggled and lost both games to Republic and Hillcrest.
Brittany Vollenweider, who was unable to play in last two games, had been Cassville's rock this season, starting on the mound in half of the team's games. She had a 1.00 ERA and 43 strikeouts in just 28 innings. Cassville's other top pitcher, Lindsey Turner (1.65 ERA, 10 strikeouts) also was unavailable.
Instead Cassville looked to its future. Current middle school stars Jamie Everett and Kari Vollenweider pitched for the squad and did well.
Everett started the first game against Republic. She gave up two runs in the first inning but then settled down. The young stand-out was still holding off Republic when Cassville scored a run in the fourth inning. Jessie Meadows walked, stole second then moved to third on a strikeout and finished off the trip with a steal home after Ariell Abramovitz stole second.
However, Cassville got no runs beyond that and gave up two more in the sixth inning to lose 4-1.
"Jamie Everett did a good job pitching," said Coach Tony Eagleburger. "We're just making too many mistakes on defense."
Kari Vollenweider started the second game for Cassville. An error allowed the first batter to reach against Vollenweider and then started a chain reaction that led to four Hillcrest runs.
Cassville answered with a run in the second. Brittney Gatley doubled and was driven home on Ariel Gonzalez's single. Hillcrest continued to add to its lead, tallying four more during the game and finishing off Cassville 8-3.
This week, Everett showed why she is already so highly regarded. She ended up throwing nine innings for Cassville with eight strikeouts and only one walk. She had a 3.11 ERA for the week and only gave up three extra-base hits.
Cassville's top batters for the week were Abramovitz and Gatley. Abramovitz finished the week with a .500 average (2-4), an on-base percentage of .667 and two stolen bases. Gatley tallied a .400 average (2-5) with a run, an RBI and a double.
The team finishes play with a 4-6 record but better prepared for this fall season. "We were competitive in all games," said Coach Eagleburger, "but now know some areas we need improvement."
The Cassville Ladycats will look forward to some of their summer leaders stepping up this fall.
Meadows was one of the best, ending the summer with a .333 bating average, four runs, five RBI and three extra-base hits. She also had an on-base percentage of .394 and led the team with a six-game hitting streak.
Dakota Bowman also excelled this summer. Bowman hit .250 with six runs, three extra-base hits and four RBI. Lea Denton led the team in on-base percentage with a .458 mark.