Lady Wildcats spilt games in tourney

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Throwing darts Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford The Cassville Lady Wildcats softball team played four games in two days in the annual Springfield tournament. Taylor Wolf was a steady force on the mound during tourney play.

The Cassville Lady Wildcats softball team (10-10) split four games in the Springfield High School Invitational Tournament on Sept. 21 and 22.

Cassville opened tournament play on Friday with a 9-3 setback to Pierce City.

The Lady Eagles struck first with four runs in the first inning.

Cassville fought back in the fourth inning when Brooke Fields and Raeghan Blisard scored on Kelsey Baker's RBI single to trail 5-2.

Pierce City added insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory.

Cassville didn't have to wait long to get rid of the taste of defeat.

The Lady Wildcats responded with an 8-7 victory over Hillcrest to conclude play on the first day of the tournament.

Wasting no time, Cassville put the Lady Hornets in an early hole, scoring twice in the first inning and four more times in the second.

Madison Jamieson delivered the key hit in the second inning with a one-out, three-run single.

Hillcrest battled back to tie the contest in the fourth inning, plating six runs, only to have Cassville take the lead back in its next at-bat on Emily Speakman's two-run RBI single.

Lady Wildcats' pitcher Taylor Wolf shut Hillcrest down in the final three innings to preserve the victory.

On Saturday, Sept. 22 Cassville opened the day with a 4-3 loss to Waynesville.

Each team plated two runs in their first at-bats.

The Lady Tigers struck for two more in the second inning, and Cassville responded with a single tally in the fifth.

Wolf took the loss for Cassville. She pitched six innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out seven.

Speakman, Blisard, Kelsey Baker and Paighton Brock collected two hits apiece for the Lady Wildcats.

Cassville concluded play in Springfield in grand fashion, earning an 18-0 victory over Strafford in three innings.

Eleven Lady Wildcats crossed home plate in the first inning.

Speakman capped the first inning scoring frenzy with a two-out grand slam home run. Skyler Branham also added two RBI in the frame.

The Lady Wildcats tacked on a run in the second and six more tallies in the third to initiate the 15-run mercy rule.

Wolf earned the victory on the mound. She allowed three hits and struck out two.

Every Lady Wildcat who started the game reached base and scored against the Lady Indians.

Cassville will be in action on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Hollister.

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