Cassville rallies to beat Purdy
The prospects of victory had appeared to wane, but hiding beneath the surface was the festering will of the Cassville Lady Wildcats to overcome the odds.
Trailing the Purdy Lady Eagles 4-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning of Saturday's quarterfinal game at the Crowder Tournament, the Lady Wildcats broke loose with four runs and went on to win, 5-4.
Cassville's unsung hero, Katelyn Pitts, was responsible for starting the late rally with one out in the fourth. Pitts, who singled and scored in the second inning, doubled with one out in the fourth. Emily Speakman drove Pitts home with a two-out single. Madison Jamieson followed with an RBI single to make it 4-3.
Another hit, this one by Paighton Brock, loaded the bases. Callie Meek then popped to right field, the ball was dropped, and two runs crossed the dish to make it 5-4.
There's no standings for style points, so Cassville coach Ben Abramovitz was more than happy with the win.
"We've been struggling a little bit stringing hits together," he said. "We finally got a string of them there toward the end and it helped us out a lot."
Pitts collected two hits, including a double, and scored twice to pace the Lady Wildcats. Jamieson had three hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Blisard had two hits and scored a run. Brock, Speakman and Kelsey Baker each had one hit. Speakman and Baker each scored one and drove in a run apiece.
Taylor Wolf got the victory in the circle for the Lady Wildcats. She came on in relief of Speakman in the third inning and struck out five while not allowing a run.
Purdy scored first and was in command before things unraveled in the fourth. Jayse Henderson led off the game with a walk for the Lady Eagles and came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. An RBI triple by Abby Parsons in the second made it 2-0. Purdy plated two more on an RBI single from Breanna Keeler and a wild pitch to make it 4-1.
Cassville, however, wasn't going down without a fight.
"I'm proud of the kids," Abramovitz said. "It's not been typical of (our team) the last couple of years to struggle as much in the front half of the season, and we are (struggling), but we're battling back and that's what I told them I want to see from them."
The Lady Wildcats will be in action at Monett on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.