Cassville'swinning streak continues

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Play at the plate Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville catcher Trey Rose tags out Monett's Nick Childress in a close play at home during Tuesday night's Big 8 Conference game.

The Cassville Wildcats baseball team is on a tear.

Coach Kyle Wood watched his team win its sixth consecutive victory on Thursday night. The 12-1 victory over Seneca lifted the Wildcats to a 9-4 season record to cap a week in which they also defeated McDonald County and Monett.

On Monday night at McDonald, Cassville's Joey McCracken was one out shy of pitching a full five innings while earning the win against the Mustangs. Cassville's offense spotted McCracken a five-run lead going into the third inning, and the Wildcats held on to take a 7-5 road victory.

Cassville scored seven runs on just eight hits, with Garret Kirk accounting for three RBI in the game.

The Wildcats then mauled Monett 11-1 on Tuesday night.

The Cubs were able to keep the game close for three innings, but two five-run outbursts by the Wildcats proved too difficult to overcome.

"I thought our pitcher (Carlin Ballay) did a good job of mixing his pitches early," said Monett coach Michael Calhoun. "Carlin let the ball elevate a little, and the Cassville hitters put it in play."

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kreg Myers doubled to open the game and scored on Trey Rose's single.

Ben Makela was stellar on the mound for Cassville. Makela allowed two hits, one earned run and struck out five in five innings of work.

"Makela is a good pitcher," said Calhoun. "Tonight was a prime example of our offensive struggles. We have trouble stringing multiple hits together to score runs. It is a sign of our youth."

Monett scored one run in the fifth inning. Jordan Hall doubled and scored on Isaac Long's sacrifice fly.

Myers led Cassville with three hits in the game, while Trey Rose, Ricky Nichols and John Cavness each hit two RBI.

"We are playing our best ball right now," said Wood. "Each time out we improve. I am happy with the progress we are making as a team."

The Wildcats stormed to the trifecta on Thursday night against Seneca, scoring nine times in the bottom of the second inning enroute to the 12-1, run-rule win. Cavness went the distance on the hill for Cassville, striking out three while only allowing two hits and one run.

Makela led the Wildcats at the plate, stroking three hits. Nichols, Makela and Josh Sexton each collected two RBI in the victory.

Four of Cassville's victories in the current win streak have been rule-shortened affairs.

The Wildcats host Mt. Vernon on Thursday night at 5 p.m.

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