It was a long week for the Wildcat Nation at the diamond. Cassville dropped back-to-back extra-innings games, losing to Springfield Catholic and Reeds Spring in the process.
First, the Wildcats dropped a heartbreaking 12-11 game to Catholic in extra innings. It took nine innings for the Irish to finally subdue the Wildcats by the slimmest of margins.
"Our pitching and defense were not so good," said Cassville's Kyle Wood. "We had four errors and gave up six earned runs."
Ben Makela started on the mound for Cassville and lasted four innings. Makela gave up seven runs, three of them earned, while striking out six. Josh Sexton became the next Cassville pitcher of record, and he was touched for four more runs in the slugfest. Austin Deffenbaugh retired both batters he faced, and then John Cavness pitched two innings and allowed only one earned run.
The Cassville batters put up impressive numbers for the night.
Ricky Nichols had two hits and scored three runs. Trey Rose had two hits, reached base four times and scored three runs. Cavness had three hits and a pair of doubles, walked twice and scored a run. Sexton had three RBI and two hits and scored a run. Kyle Brattin had two hits and two RBI, and Makela had two hits and an RBI and scored a run.
Then on Friday night, Reeds Spring scored nine late runs to edge Cassville in eight innings by an 11-10 score.
Cavness started and only allowed two runs in his six-inning stint on the hill, while striking out eight Wolves.
The Cassville offense was in fine form, pounding out 15 hits for the game while scoring 10 times.
Both Kreg Myers and Rose went three for four at the plate. Rose reached base five times, received an intentional walk and rapped out a double and a home run while scoring four runs.
Makela went two for four with a run scored and a walk, and Garrett Kirk went two for three with a double and a triple while scoring twice.