Wildcats drop to 12-7 with losses

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Cassville Wildcats had a run in with the law last week -- the law of averages

After posting an eight-game winning streak in late April, Kyle Wood's team skidded through a 1-3 stretch and saw their season record slip to 12-7 after losing games to Harrison and Carthage.

Harrison crossed the state line on Thursday, and went home with a 9-6 victory over the Wildcats. The visiting Goblins struck for three runs in the top of the third inning at Wildcat Field to take the early lead. Humphrey walked and scored on a double by Curry, Jones hit an RBI single and then later scored on an error as the Goblins seized a 3-0 lead.

Harrison scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead before Cassville finally answered.

Garrett Kirk singled with one out, and then Stone Phelps walked and Ty Craig singled to load the bases. Cole Beagle's single scored Kirk and the bases were loaded again. Phelps tagged and scored on a Kreg Myers fly ball to cut the lead to 6-2. Then Trey Rose walked and Ricky Nichols followed with a two-run double.

Harrison led 6-4 after five complete innings.

Humphrey and Curry both scored in the top of the sixth to give the visitors an 8-4 cushion, and then Humphrey scored again in the seventh as Harrison claimed a 9-4 advantage.

Needing five runs to stay alive in the bottom of the seventh, Cassville came up short. Ben Makela singled home Trey Rose, and Ricky Nichols scored on a passed ball, but the 'Cats came up short, 9-6.

Ben Makela threw five and two thirds innings for Cassville and was charged with the loss. Harrison's Eamorson pitched 5 innings to earn the win.

Cats lose at Carthage

On Friday, the Wildcats dropped a 5-2 decision at Carthage.

Rose homered in the top of the first to give Cassville a 1-0 lead, but the Tigers answered immediately with three runs in the home half of the inning. Ricky Nichols stole second and then scored in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 3-2, but Stafford's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth pushed the Carthage lead to 5-2.

The Wildcats went scoreless in the top of the seventh as Carthage claimed the victory.

Marcus Weatherman pitched 5 an one third innings and took the loss for Cassville. Carthage's Bridges earned a complete-game victory. Rose went three for three at the plate.

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