Post 118 squad splits games in CJ Tourney

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Cassville American Legion baseball team went 2-2 in the recent Carl Junction Tournament. Post 118 defeated Webb City and Carthage but dropped contests to McDonald County and Pittsburg (Kan.).

The team started with a big victory over Webb City.

The Cardinals' pitcher kept Post 118 off balance most of the night, but Cassville found openings in the first and seventh innings.

Kelby Haynes and Caleb Mitchell both scored in the first. Haynes singled and scored off an error. Mitchell reached on a fielder's choice and came home on Michael Baker's singled.

Webb City cut into the lead in the fourth. After a lead-off double by the designated hitter, Baker, Cassville's pitcher, retired the next batter, only to give up an RBI single to the second baseman, cutting the lead to 2-1.

The Wildcats added an insurance run in the seventh. Kason Koelsh reached on an error, Cody Pierson singled, Ricky Vanderpool laid down a sacrifice bunt and pinch hitter Trenton Tanner came up with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

The run would prove important as Webb City scored a run in the bottom of the seventh before being retired.

Haynes came on in relief of Baker in the seventh to get the save. Haynes walked the first man he faced to load the bases with no outs, but then used a fly-out, a ground-out and a strike-out, wrapped around an error, to shut the door on Webb City.

Baker picked up the victory for Cassville on the hill. Baker pitched mostly to contact on the day. The now-graduated senior from Cassville went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks. He struckout only one. Baker finished with 82 pitches, 52 of which were strikes.

Haynes came in to pick up the save. Haynes threw one inning, allowing one unearned run, a walk and a strikeout.

Webb City's pitcher threw a very good game in the loss. He went the full seven innings, giving up six hits, three runs, no walks and six strikeouts. The lefty kept Cassville hit-less for the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

Jody Cavness led Cassville's offense. Batting second, Cavness went two-for-two with a sacrifice.

Koelsch had a mixed day. The college freshman officially went zero-for-three on the day but scored a run after reaching on an error and helped turn a double play in the field.

As a team, Cassville only batted .240 and had an on-base percentage of .286.

Others garnering hits for Cassville included Haynes, Baker, Pierson and Tanner.

Hance led Webb City's offense going three-for-four with a double and a run.

Cassville also beat Carthage this week but lost to Pittsburg 1-9 and McDonald County 4-5 in eight innings. Detailed results from those games were not available.

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