Cassville hits rough patch during baseball action

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
You will not steal Chuck Nickle Photography Showing all-out determination, Cassville's Ty Craig sacrificed his body to tag out a Neosho runner during baseball action on Saturday, April 6.

Cassville baseball coach Kyle Wood knew there would challenges this season, and a four-game skid confirmed his premonitions last week.

The Wildcats (4-6) dropped four contests in the span of five days.

On April 3, Cassville lost 10-5 to state-ranked Springfield Catholic. Then, the black and gold fell 2-1 to Reeds Spring, followed by a doubleheader defeat to Neosho (12-5) and McDonald County (7-4) on April 6.

Applying the tag Chuck Nickle Photography Gabe Kirk, a sophomore at Cassville High School, tags out a Reeds Spring runner during varsity action on April 5.

Springfield

Against the Irish, Cassville fell behind 10-0 after four innings.

The Wildcats rallied for a single run in the fourth and fifth frames and plated three runners in the sixth inning.

A little help Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville's Stone Phelps beats out a throw to first base as Cassville assistant coach Danny Powers helps the umpire make the correct call.

Stone Phelps and Garrett Kirk had two hits apiece. Kirk also collected a pair of RBIs.

Ty Craig suffered the loss. He pitched three and two-thirds innings, and allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs. Noah Hadlow relieved Craig and threw three and one-third innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.

Reeds Spring

The Wildcats traveled to Reeds Spring and had trouble waking up their bats.

The Wolves struck for single runs in the second and third innings.

Reeds Spring's Joey Longstreet earned the victory. He scattered six hits over seven innings and struck out three.

Cassville put the ball in play against Longstreet but only manufactured an unearned run in the fourth inning.

Craig walked to open the fourth stanza and stole second and third before scoring on an error.

The Wildcats loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with one out but were unable to bring any runners home.

Andrew Whitham took the loss for Cassville. He threw six innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs.

Neosho

Cassville got off to a hot start against Neosho at McDonald County and led 3-1 heading into the third inning, but a four-run third put Neosho in the lead for good.

Neosho added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and three runs in the fifth and two runs in the seventh to win 12-5.

Marcus Weatherman had two Rbis in the contest, and Chase Jackson added one RBI for Cassville.

Weatherman was two for four at the plate with a pair of singles, and Jackson had a single, two walks and a run scored in four plate appearances.

As a team, Cassville showed great plate discipline by taking 10 free passes from Neosho pitchers.

McDonald County

The Wildcats dug an early hole in their match against the Mustangs, falling behind 5-0 after the first inning.

Cassville plated two runs in the top of the second when Brady Blisard singled to score Jackson and Whitham.

The Mustangs struck back for a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to lead 7-2.

The Wildcats scored twice in the top of the sixth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the five-run deficit.

Craig, Jackson and Whitham collected two hits each for Cassville.

Weatherman took the loss for the Wildcats.

Cassville hosts Carl Junction on Thursday, April 11. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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