Cassville squad posts pair of Big 8 baseball victories
The Cassville Wildcats swept a pair of conference games last week, edging Mt. Vernon 2-1 and then pummeling Seneca 16-8.
Ricky Nichols ripped two home runs to account for all of his team's scoring against Mt. Vernon. Nichols went yard on the first pitch of the game to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.The Mountaineers tied the game in the fourth inning, thanks to a bunt single and the following RBI. Then Nichols connected again in the fifth inning to regain the lead for Cassville.
John Cavness held the Mountaineers at bay, striking out eight and allowing one walk while earning a complete-game victory.
The Wildcat defense sparkled in the late innings to protect the lead. The Mountaineers had the tying run on base in the sixth inning, but a slick double play quelled the threat. Then in the seventh inning, the Mt. Vernon leadoff hitter singled but was thrown out going to third base on the next batter's hit.
Nichols also rapped a triple to finish three for four on the night with two RBI and 11 total bases.
Cats roll Seneca, 16-8
A seven-run first inning vaulted Cassville out in front of Seneca, and the Wildcats rolled to a 16-8 victory at Wildcat Field. Six singles, an error, a walk, a hit batsman and a sacrifice provided the opening inning boost.
Three more runs in the second frame gave Ben Makela all the cushion he needed to earn the win over the Indians.
Cassville led 10-2 after two innings, and stretched to a 15-5 advantage after three frames. Seneca scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, and Cassville answered with a single run in the fifth to set the final score at 16-8.
The Cassville offense pounded out 20 hits in the game and benefitted from two errors, a walk and a hit batter.
The Wildcats improved their overall record to 7-8 with a conference mark of 4-1.