Cassville Babe Ruth All-Stars just get edged

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Cassville Babe Ruth team played in the Missouri State Babe Ruth tournament held here in Cassville last week and lost. The 15-year-old all-star team played two close, tough games but fell short to both Boonville and the Southwest All-Stars.

It was a tournament of breaks for the Cassville team, feeling that if just a few of them had gone their way the tournament might have ended very differently. As it was, Mineral Area won the tournament, but the teams that Cassville played finished second and third.

Cassville's first game against Boonville was a tight one. Cassville fell behind early but fought back to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth. Boonville tied it in the sixth inning, and in the seventh, no one scored, sending the contest to extra innings.

Boonville then hit the winning RBI in the eighth to send Cassville to the one-loss side of the bracket.

Cassville then had to face off against the Southwest All-stars.

Southwest, who lost their first game to Mineral Area, got a big lead early and Cassville was never able to catch back up, losing 6-3.

Levi Roberts had a sensational tournament for Cassville. Roberts batted 1.000 as he was eight-for-eight. He scored three runs with three RBI and a stolen base.

Trevor Tanner also did well for the squad. He hit for an average of .333 with one run, three RBI and three stolen bases.

Other players who got a hit in the tournament included: Joshua Steward 2, Josh Hartin 2, Blake Dilbeck, Colton Beck and Travis Northern.

Northern led the team with his play on the mound. He started in Cassville's first game against Boonville. Northern struck out 10 batters with only one walk in the seven innings he pitched.

Roberts was Cassville's other dominant pitcher as he relieved in the team's second game. He threw five innings, striking out seven and walking no one.

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