Wildcats post big 16-3 win over Galena

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Winding up Democrat Photo Junior Travis Northern pitched one inning during the Wildcat's game against Galena last week. Northern also struck out several batters during Tuesday night's contest against Lamar.

While last week's rainy weather brought many disappointments for eager Wildcat athletes with several cancellations, the Cassville baseball team was nonetheless able to make it to Galena's diamond for another non-conference challenge.

In typical Wildcat fashion, the Cassville boys struck early and hard, putting three runs up on the board the first inning, which was only a prelude to disaster for the Bears who gave up eight runs in the second inning.

While Galena managed to gain two runs in the second inning and one run in the third, their momentum completely stalled in the wake of a devastating fourth inning, which saw the Wildcats tally another five runs that would end the game at 16-3 after a scoreless fifth inning.

Although the Wildcats were only able to rack up nine hits in all, a large part of their success was ue to the fact that the Bears walked 13 batters and hit three more.

"We showed patience at the plate and took what they gave us," commented Coach Rod Hemphill.

This week's leading hitters on the Cassville squad were Aaron Brooks, Ricky Vanderpool and Jake Nolan, who had two hits each. Travis Northern, Aaron Jamieson and David Lunsford were credited with one hit apiece.

Brooks extended his hitting streak this week, heating up the plate with a two-for-two performance with three runs scored. Nolan also pulled off a two-for-two exploit, putting up two runs of his own with two RBIs to boot.

However, Vanderpool topped the lineup in RBIs for the day with a total of four, which accompanied the two runs he scored in the game.

The pitching staff worked well for Coach Kyle Woods this week, with only two earned runs, five hits, four walks and a total of 10 strike-outs.

"Coach Wood's pitching staff continued to throw strikes throughout the game and did a great job of keeping their opponents off balance." said Coach Hemphill.

Lunsford put in two innings on the mound to pick up his first win for the season and Northern, Nolan, and Kyle Rhea each put in one inning for Cassville.

"We used this game as a tune-up after sitting out all week," said Coach Wood.

"It was a good game in that we had an opportunity to put a lot of people in the game," said Coach Hemphill.

Unfortunately, the JV game was cut short after two innings due to rain, although the JV Cats were off to a great start as well, enjoying a 4-0 advantage over the Bears with D.J. Craig on the mound for Cassville.

The Blue Eye game was rained out and will now be played May 5 at Wildcat Field at 5 p.m.

Coach Hemphill's Wildcats played the Lamar Tigers on Tuesday, April 14 at the Cassville field and will host the Carl Junction Bulldogs on Thursday, April 16 before taking to the road to face the Hollister Tigers on Friday, April 17.

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