In a very competitive 24-team tournament in Springfield, the Ladycats of Cassville finished in seventh place by defeating host Hillcrest 8-7.
The Springfield Tournament was a competitive event Coach Ben Abramovitz has been looking forward to playing in ever since preseason began. The tournament gave the Ladycats a chance to face new, highly competitive opponents in advance of district play.
In the seventh place against Hillcrest, Cassville prevailed 8-7 in a hard-fought contest.
The Ladycats fell behind 2-1 in the first inning and trailed 3-1 after the second before they rallied in the third to come within one of Hillcrest. The Cassville offense exploded in the fifth inning, and the Ladycats scored six runs to take an 8-6 lead. Cassville limited Hillcrest to only one more run to claim seventh place honors.
Jaime Everett earned the win in relief, pitching 4.33 innings and striking out four. Taylor Wolf and Emily Speakman also took turns on the mound with each recording two strikeouts.
The Ladycats recorded nine hits in the win. Everett went two for three with three RBIs and Katelyn Pitts was two for four with one RBI. Ladycats who recorded a hit and an RBI were Kennadi Howard, Speakman and Ariel Cook.
In other tournament action, Cassville shut out Camdenton 2-0 and defeated Diamond 2-1. The Ladycats lost to Lee's Summit North, 11-1, and fell to West Plains 1-0.
The Ladycats hosted East Newton in a rescheduled game last Wednesday afternoon, and Cassville earned a 9-2 Big 8 victory.
Cassville batters were on fire against the Lady Patriots, collecting 13 hits. Caylyn Cieslinski led the Ladycat onslaught with four-for-four hitting, which included a double and four RBI.
Other leading hitters were Howard with one hit and one RBI and Pitts with two hits, three RBI and one stolen base.
The Ladycats' defense was also strong with no errors recorded.
Everett picked up the pitching win, facing 25 batters, striking out three and giving up only two earned runs.
Last Monday, Cassville travelled to Reeds Spring and was handed a 8-1 loss.
The Ladycats wind down their regular season with a game at Hollister on Thursday and a game at Forsythe on Friday. Cassville will end the season at home on Monday when the Ladycats host Pierce City at 5 p.m.
This game will be Senior Night. Leah Denton, Lindsey Turner, Caylyn Cieslinski and Ariel Cook will be honored with their parents before the start of the game.