Cassville extends season with district upset
The sixth-seeded Cassville Wildcats baseball team erased the memories of two regular season defeats to McDonald County and ended the Mustangs' season with a 7-1 win in the Class 4, District 11 Tournament on Saturday, May 11 at Seneca.
"We played really well today," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "The boys never lost their positive attitude and stayed focused. Andrew (Whitham) pitched a great game."
|The third-seeded Mustangs drew first blood plating a run in their first at-bat when||Zack Peck singled to score Cooper Underwood.|
Then the Wildcats' defense put on the clamps, and Whitham wouldn't be seriously challenged the remainder of the game.
Cassville's offense was stagnant through the first three innings. Half of the first 10 hitters the black and gold sent to the plate struck out.
"I didn't feel like we were having bad at-bats," said Wood. "We knew this pitcher throws strikes, and we just had to put the bat on the ball. Our patience paid off in the latter innings."
Cassville (10-13) manufactured a run in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1 when a lead-off walk to Gabe Kirk turned into a run on Whitham's ground out.
The Wildcats came to bat in the sixth frame looking for their first lead.
With two outs, Gabe Kirk drove a 1-1 fastball over the 350-foot sign in left-center field for his first round tripper of the season.
Cassville continued the inning with a double by Noah Hadlow and a walk by Whitham. A single by Brady Blisard scored Hadlow, and Whitham scored on a single by Chase Jackson to give the Wildcats a 5-1 lead.
In the seventh frame, Marcus Weatherman connected for a two-run moon shot that sailed over the fence and hit Carl Junction's school bus to put an exclamation point on the victory.
"The bottom of our order did a really great job of stepping up," said Wood. "We kept fighting and took advantage when we got a break."
Whitham threw seven innings. He allowed eight hits and one earned run and struck out four.
On Tuesday, May 7, Cassville High School honored its four senior baseball players at its home finale with Blue Eye.
Seniors Devon Jenkins, Garrett Kirk, Cole Beagle and Stone Phelps responded by helping the Wildcats earn a 5-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
Blue Eye struck for a single run in the third frame, while Cassville scored three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth.
Whitham was perfect at the plate, going three for three with a RBI. Gabe Kirk added a double and scored a pair of runs. Ty Craig collected a single in three attempts.
Weatherman earned the victory. He allowed seven hits and one run and struck out five in seven innings of work.