Cassville starts season at Crowder Tourney

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Photo by Chad Haworth Cassville junior Reaghan Blisard records an out for the Lady Wildcats during the Crowder College Softball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31. The Lady Wildcats went 3-2 in the two-day event.

The Cassville Lady Wildcats softball team went 3-2 in five contests at the Crowder College Softball Tournament on Aug. 29 and 31.

Officially the tournament serves as a way for several local schools to play four or five contests in a two-day span.

Unofficially, the tournament serves as a way for the Crowder softball staff to observe some of the area's best players. Just ask Cassville alumni and now Lady Roughrider Kelsey Baker.

Southwest

Cassville opened the tournament on Aug. 29 with a 12-8 come-from-behind win over Southwest.

The Lady Wildcats fell behind 6-0 in the first inning as the Lady Trojans jumped out of the gate, capitalizing on five Cassville errors.

Things got even bleaker for the Black and Gold when Southwest plated another run in the top of the third.

However, Cassville didn't fade and began pecking away at the seven-run deficit. Alesha Cousins singled and scored in the third.

The Lady Trojans countered with another tally in the fourth, but three more Cassville runners came across the plate in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 8-4.

Cassville used station-to-station softball in the fifth to plate eight runs.

Reghan Blisard, Alesha Large, Callie Meek, Cousins and Jayce Fink each singled and scored in the frame.

Fink earned the win on the mound. She threw six innings, allowed four hits, no earned runs and struck out five.

East Newton

In the second game on Aug. 29, Cassville fell 6-2 to East Newton.

The Lady Patriots scored two runs in the second and four in the sixth to build a 5-0, then a 6-1 lead.

The Lady Wildcats scored single runs in the fifth and seventh frame.

Cousins went two for two at the plate and scored a run. Blisard and Kassie Graves collected a RBI each for Cassville.

Strafford

The Lady Wildcats opened play on Aug. 31 with a 10-6 win over Strafford.

Cassville used a five-run fourth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and then scored three times in the top of the seventh to salt the game away.

Blisard and Cousins had two RBIs each for Cassville.

Purdy

A five-run third carried the Lady Wildcats past Purdy 7-3 in the second game of Saturday's triple-header.

Large and Meek had RBIs for the Lady Wildcats in the win.

East Newton

The Purdy victory set up a re-match with East Newton, but another slow start doomed the Lady Wildcats to a 10-6 defeat.

The Lady Patriots scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings and three runs each in the second and fourth frame.

Cassville went deuces wild, scoring twin runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh frames.

Blisard, Large, Meek and Brooke Fields had multiple hits for the Lady Wildcats.

Meek had three RBIs. Jade Halloway, Alesha Ray and Graves added an RBI apiece.

Cassville will be in action on Sept. 5 as the Wildcats host Monett to open Big 8 Conference play.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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