Cavness authors perfect game

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Perfect pitcher Chuck Nickle Photography John Cavness pitched a perfect game against Aurora last week. The Wildcats downed the Houn's 11-0 behind Cavness' spectacular performance on the mound.

"For Love of the Game" is a cheesy chick flick wrapped around a great baseball game. Billy Chapel, as played by Kevin Costner, throws a perfect game in the final appearance of his career with the Detroit Tigers.

There were no film crews and no movie stars at Aurora on Monday, May 3. There might have been some teen romance in the stands, but not enough to distract Cassville's John Cavness.

Cavness pitched his own perfect game against the Houn' Dawgs, striking out 11 while not allowing a single base runner over six innings in a rule-shortened 11-0 Wildcat victory.

Aurora hung in the game on pitching and defense, managing a 0-0 tie after two complete innings. Cassville finally scored in the top of the third, as Ricky Nichols singled, stole second and scored on a Trey Rose RBI.

The 'Cats added another run in the fourth inning. Evan Stubblefield singled and scored on a triple by Garrett Kirk that made the score 2-0.

With Cavness in complete control, Cassville poured on the runs in the fifth frame. Nichols led off with a home run and later hit a two-RBI single as the Wildcats batted around while scoring seven more times. Kyle Wood's team scored two more in the sixth inning to make it an 11-0 lead, and then Cavness closed out his perfecto in the bottom of the sixth.

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