Cassville drops a pair of conference tilts

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Close play Chuck Nickle Photography Cole Beagle, a senior at Cassville High School secures the ball in his glove before applying the tag to a Seneca runner.

The Cassville Wildcats baseball team fell 2-0 to Monett on April 16.

"We couldn't get it done tonight," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "We are a young team that has seen a lot of good pitchers in our last few games. We were a hit away from tying the game and just came up short."

Monett (6-7, 2-1) has won two of its last three games. Cassville started the baseball season 4-1 but has since gone 1-10.

Making the play Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville's Gabe Kirk fielded a hot shot off a Monett bat during the varsity baseball tilt on April 16.

Both teams played multiple underclassmen, but it was the more experienced Cubs that shined at North Park.

Aaron Patton (3-2) was steady on the mound for the purple and gold. Patton threw seven innings and allowed one hit, walked five and struck out eight.

Cassville's pitcher Noah Hadlow, a freshman, was equally impressive. Hadlow threw six innings, allowed eight hits and two runs and struck out three.

Reaching out Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville freshman Alex Vanderpool stretches out attempt to tag out a Seneca runner during varsity action on April 19.

"Noah pitched well enough for us to win," said Wood. "The key for us is to play more innings and gain experience for our youth."

Monett's defense helped Patton with a four-six-three double play in the first inning. Monett catcher Kyle McCallister threw out Ty Craig at second base on a steal attempt in the fourth inning. Craig was a perfect 17 of 17 in base thefts prior to being stopped by the Cubs' signal caller.

Monett manufactured a run in the first and third innings.

Isaac Long reached base with a one-out single in the first frame. An errant throw allowed Long to advance to second and a passed ball moved Long to third.

Nick Childress then hit a ground ball to third that scored Long.

In the third inning, Childress singled and moved to second on Zack Hammond's fielder's choice. Cooper Caldwell followed Hammond with a single to right field to score Childress.

Cassville struggled all game against Monett's southpaw but finally had a breakthrough in its last at-bat.

Patton took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning when Marcus Weatherman doubled on the first pitch. Patton settled down to strike out the next two hitters before issuing two walks to Stone Phelps and Brady Blisard to load the bases.

After a brief mound visit from Monett coach Michael Calhoun, Patton got a groundout to second to secure the win.

"We'll take this game and learn from it," said Wood. "We have to work every day to get better. We have had several close losses, and we need to work on finishing games strong."

Seneca

On April 19, the Wildcats fell 13-3 to Seneca in Big 8 Conference play.

The Indians struck early and often, plating three runs in the first, two runs in the fourth, single tallies in the third and fifth and five runs in the seventh.

The Wildcats (5-11, 1-3) managed a single run in the first, third and seventh frame.

Hadlow scored in the first for Cassville on Gabe Kirk's sacrifice fly.

Hadlow helped the home team score again when his single in the third plated Beagle.

Beagle collected an RBI in the seventh with a single.

Cassville managed just five hits in the game.

The Wildcats will be in action on Friday, April 26 at Logan-Rogersville. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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