Cassville has good showing in softball tourney

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Bearing down Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Cassville's Emily Speakman pitches during a game against Lee's Summit North on Friday in Springfield. Speakman was very busy over the weekend. She threw 414 pitches in 19 innings of work in five games over a two-day period.

The Cassville Lady Wildcats went 3-2 in the prestigious 24-team Springfield Invitational softball tournament last Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Wildcats opened the tournament with losses to Joplin and Lee's Summit North but rebounded to win three consecutive games against Diamond, Reeds Spring and Strafford.


On Friday, Cassville fell to Joplin 4-1.

The Lady Wildcats scored a run in their first at-bat when Jaime Everett walked and scored on three Lady Eagles' wild pitches.

Joplin countered with a run in the first, two runs in the second and a single run in the third.

Kelsey Vollenweider went two for three at the plate with two singles. Emily Speakman added a double.

Lee's Summit North

The Lady Wildcats then faced Lee's Summit North, who ended up taking second in the tournament.

Cassville yielded five runs in the first inning before settling into the flow of the game.

Offensively, the Lady Wildcats just couldn't string together enough hits. They had only one -- a Katelyn Pitts single in the fifth inning.


After dropping two games to Class 4 teams, Cassville was ready to face someone its own size.

The Lady 'Cats faced off against Diamond and wasted little time, scoring two runs in the first inning off three Diamond errors enroute to a 8-0 victory.

Reghan Blissard went two for three at the plate with a single and a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. Kelsey Vollenweider had a single and scored two runs, and Paighton Brock finished two for two with one RBI and a run scored.


On Saturday, Cassville downed Strafford 13-2 to open bracket play. The Lady Wildcats scored three runs in the first and fourth innings and one in the fifth before exploding for six runs in the sixth inning to inflict the mercy rule.

Pitts finished four for four at the plate with three singles and a double. She collected two RBI and scored two runs. Skyler Branham went two for four at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

Speakman earned the victory, allowing only one earned run over five innings while striking out eight.

Reeds Spring

In Cassville's final game of the tournament, the Lady Wildcats picked up a 6-5 victory in eight innings over Reeds Spring.

Cassville batted around in the first inning and scored four runs. The Lady Wolves would chip away at the lead and scored one run in the seventh to force extra innings.

Pitts started the inning for the Lady Wildcats on second base as is the rule in international tie-breakers. She moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Branham's sacrifice to give the Lady Wildcats the lead.

Speakman worked a one, two, three bottom of the eighth to preserve the win.

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