The Ladycat softball squad lost a pair of Big 8 Conference matches last week before rallying on Monday to pick up a win over Barry County rival Southwest.
Last Thursday, Cassville stumbled against East Newton 5-14. The Lady Patriots had a big first inning to establish a 3-0 lead, which set the tone for the game.
The Ladycats were able to add a run in the second and third innings and three runs in the fifth, but East Newton answered each time and never let go of their lead.
Jaime Everett took the loss for Cassville. She pitched five innings before Lindsey Turner came on in relief. Everett struck out seven but gave up 11 hits. Turner gave up only one hit during her two innings of work.
Everett, Courtney Beagle and Jessie Meadows had two hits in the contest. Everett helped herself out by tallying two doubles and three RBI. Others who got a hit in the game were Turner and Leah Denton.
The Ladycats faced a tough Seneca team on Sept. 9. The two Big 8 teams went scoreless for the first three innings before the Lady Indians put up two runs in the fourth. Seneca knocked the game wide open scoring nine runs in the last two innings to put the contest away with a final score of 11-0.
Cassville's efforts were not helped by the team's seven errors. Everett pitched the entire game, striking out six and giving up only three earned runs.
The Ladycats had only two hits in the contest with Beagle and Everett both recording doubles.
Cassville regrouped and picked up a win on Monday against visiting Southwest. Both teams came out swinging with the Ladycats scoring five runs in the first inning to the Lady Trojans' three. The two-run difference would hold up with Cassville winning by a final score of 7-5.
Southwest's Kirstie Ickes and Kelsey Henry both recorded doubles as did Meadows and Denton for Cassville. Cari Vollenweider, a freshman, tallied a triple in the win.
The Ladycats' record now stands at 2-7. Cassville hosted Carl Junction on Tuesday night and will travel to Aurora on Thursday. Cassville's last two home games of the season will be played on Sept. 22 against Reeds Spring and on Sept. 23 against McDonald County.
Before the start of the McDonald County match-up, Cassville seniors Courtney Beagle, Annie Coupland, Jessie Meadows, Ariell Abramovitz and Dakota Bowman and their parents will be recognized.