Ladycats place second at tourney
The Ladycat softball team had a busy week, which culminated in a second place finish at the Lamar Tournament on Saturday.
To advance to the championship game against Lamar, Cassville recorded two shut-outs, downing Butler 6-0 and College Heights 15-0 in five innings.
In the final game, the Ladycats faced off against their hosts, who they had beat earlier in the week. This time, Cassville ended up losing to the Lady Tigers 3-4.
The two teams battled back and forth with Cassville taking the lead in the first and second innings and Lamar tying it up in the first and third innings. The Lady Tigers then were able to record runs in the fifth and sixth to open up a 4-2 margin. Cassville managed only one run in the seventh and Lamar was able to claim their own tournament's championship.
Chelsea Krallman had a good game at the plate, going two-for-three with a double and one RBI. Others who picked up hits for the Ladycats were Courtney Beagle, Dakota Bowman, Jessie Meadows, Lindsey Turner, Ariell Abramovitz, Annie Coupland and Leah Denton.
Turner had two strong pitching performances against Butler and College Heights. The sophomore struck-out 15 in the two contests and gave up no earned runs.
Hitting leaders for the two games combined were: Meadows, two-for-four; Turner, two-for-four with one triple; and Jaime Everett, four-for-four with four RBI.
Earlier in the week, Cassville was able to earn wins over Purdy (5-4) and Lamar (3-2) while suffering a 1-13 loss to McDonald County.
Against Lamar, Everett was the winning pitcher, striking out five and giving up three earned runs. She was backed up by a defense that played errorless softball.
Beagle, Bowman, Turner and Coupland all had hits in the contest, and Beagle and Turner were each credited with one RBI.
The win over Purdy involved fifth innings of scoreless play for both squads. In the sixth, Purdy and Cassville each scored three runs to keep the game tied before the Ladycats were able to bring two runs across the plate to Purdy's one, giving Cassville the 5-4 victory.
The Ladycats collected 11 hits in the contest. Leaders on offense were: Meadows, two-for-four; Bowman, one hit and one RBI; Abramovitz, two-for-three, one RBI and two stolen bases; Ariel Gonzalez, two stolen bases; Melissa Fink, two-for-three with one RBI and one stolen base; and Jamie Everett, one RBI.
Everett picked up the win on the mound.