Cassville earns pair of diamond victories
If you like baseball with a lot of offense then you will love the 2012-13 Cassville Wildcats.
The black and gold won the Cassville Tournament with a 12-10 win over Seneca on March 19 and a thrilling come-from-behind 14-13 victory over Purdy on March 20.
The Wildcats won the games in completely different styles.
Against the Indians, Cassville built a 12-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Seneca plated six runs in the frame before the Wildcats could record the needed three outs.
Andrew Witham collected a pair of singles in the game and drove in three runs for the Wildcats. Stone Phelps, Marcus Weatherman, Chase Jackson, Cole Beagle and Brady Blisard all collected an RBI for the Wildcats.
Cassville struck for a pair of runs in the first inning and a single run in the second frame. Two more runners crossed the plate for the Wildcats in the fourth and fifth innings to give the hosts a 8-3 edge.
The Wildcats padded the advantage with a single tally in the sixth inning and three more in the top of the seventh.
Garrett Kirk earned the win. He threw five innings, allowed four earned runs, walked seven and struck out four. Weatherman collected the save.
For four and a half innings, the Purdy Eagles baseball team dominated the listless Cassville Wildcats.
The Eagles (0-2) built a 13-3 lead and were three outs away from beating their southern Barry County foe for the first time in nearly a decade via the 10-run mercy rule.
However, an 11-run fifth inning by the Wildcats (4-1) propelled Cassville to a 14-13 win.
"It is really frustrating to lose a game in this fashion," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "To be three outs away from victory and then have the game flip around."
Purdy's starting pitcher Cameron Terry was unhittable through the first three innings. Terry faced 10 batters and struck out seven during that time. The only runner who reached base was Ty Craig on an error.
Purdy led 6-3 heading into the top fifth inning.
A three-run triple by Terry highlighted a seven-run fifth that witnessed 13 Eagles' hitters come to bat and seven score.
With Terry's focus on the mound, victory seemed assured for the Eagles, but Cassville didn't quit.
The bottom of the fifth started with Kirk singling on a flare to left field. Phelps then dropped a lame duck into right field for a single.
Craig extended the inning with a walk, and Weatherman cleared the bases with a three-run double.
The Wildcats plated four runs before the first out of the inning was recorded. By the time Purdy got its second out, two more runs had crossed the plate.
Weatherman, on his second at-bat of the fifth inning, delivered a game-tying, two-RBI double. He concluded the inning by scoring the go-ahead run.
"Purdy came out ready to play," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "I don't know if it was the cold weather, or we were looking past them or we were flat, but we didn't show up at the start of the game."
Terry collected a single, double and triple and drove in four runs for the Eagles. Alex Mareth and Keevin Walker had two hits apiece. Dusty Videnschek had a single and two RBIs.