Wildcats improve to 6-4

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Turning two Chuck Nickle Photo Cassville Wildcats catcher Trey Rose completes a five, two, one double play with a snap throw to first in the Wildcats 24-1 victory over Lamar last week.

After obliterating the visiting Lamar Tigers in a 24-1 rout on Tuesday, the Cassville Wildcats baseball team pulled out a 2-1 comeback victory at Carl Junction on Thursday, and then returned home to defeat Hollister on Friday, 11-1. The trifecta of wins boosted Cassville's season record to 6-4.

Ben Makela struck out seven Tigers in four innings of work on Tuesday, but his strong performance on the mound was overshadowed by the 15-hit, 24-run scoring parade of the Cassville offense. Garrett Kirk and John Cavness both notched five RBI in the runaway victory.

On Thursday, at Carl Junction, John Cavness struck out 10 and held the Bulldogs to a single run while pitching all seven innings for the win. Cavness also rapped an RBI in the top of the sixth when the Wildcats scored both of their runs to take the lead.

Kirk had two of Cassville's five hits in the contest.

The 11-1 final score on Friday belied the closeness of the game. The Wildcats tied the game in the third inning, then scored twice in the bottom of the fourth frame to take a 3-1 lead. An eight-run uprising in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled Cassville to the 11-1 victory.

Josh Sexton picked up the win on the mound, while Ricky Nichols hit for four RBI to lead the Wildcats at the plate.

The Wildcats travel to Seneca on Thursday. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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