Softball 'Cats take second in tourney
Southwest finishes third and Wheaton ends up fourth
By George Ulmer
The Cassville softball team put together two wins in a row for the first time this season to garner second place in their own tournament. In the contest Southwest finished third and Wheaton fourth.
The Ladycats went 3-1 in the round-robin style tournament and missed first place on a tie breaker. Ash Grove was also 3-1 but had given up fewer runs and therefore were declared the champions.
Cassville took second after beating Southwest 8-2, Wheaton 3-2 and East Newton 6-1. The Ladycats' only loss came to Ash Grove 3-2 in extra innings.
Southwest finished third in the tournament. The Lady Trojans beat Ash Grove 5-4 and Wheaton 8-3 but lost to Cassville and East Newton 2-3.
Wheaton took fourth in the contest. The Lady Bulldogs had some very tough luck, losing to Ash Grove and Cassville by only one run. They beat East Newton 1-0 but lost their last game to Southwest.
Cassville also played two other contests this week. The Ladycats lost to Reeds Spring 5-4 and to Southwest 7-3.
|The Ladycat offense played well the entire week.||"We had production from a lot of people," said Head Coach Tony Eagleburger.||Cassville had 11 girls over the past week who combined for 42 hits in a six-game span. Cassville batted .259 on the week, not amazing yet much better then their season average. Cassville also had an on-base percentage of .298.|
Junior Dakota Bowman led the offensive charge for the squad, hitting .381 with five runs, four doubles, two RBI, one walk and four stolen bases.
Lindsey Turner also did well, hitting .333 with two runs, three doubles, seven RBI and a sacrifice.
Others who got hits this week for Cassville were: Jessie Meadows 6, Brittney Gatley 6, Taylor Grimes 3, Ariell Abramovitz 3, Courtney Beagle 3, Grace Salazar 3, Leah Denton, Brittany Vollenweider and Annie Coupland.
The Ladycat pitching staff was also very good. Cassville pitchers threw 41 innings this week. They struck out 33 and combined for a 2.22 ERA.
Vollenweider threw almost 26 of those innings and finished with 24 strikeouts and a 2.46 ERA. Turner threw the other 15 and notched nine strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA.
Cassville will start play in the district tournament this Friday at Republic. They face Reeds Spring at 6 p.m. and if they win will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Southwest also begins its district tournament this week, matching up against Sarcoxie Thursday at 4 p.m. in Lamar.