Lady Wildcats softball falls in district opener
There were tears flowing down the face of the Cassville Lady Wildcats softball players faces as the realization their season had ended with a 4-2 loss to East Newton in the Class 3, District 11 tournament at Monett.
The Lady Wildcats finished the season with a 10-18 mark, falling short of the lofty standards set by previous teams' successes.
However, everything isn't always, as it seems.
"The girls took this game hard, but I told them I was proud of them," said Cassville coach Ben Abramovitz. "We grew every game. We still had that one inning that always haunted us but we continued to get better."
Abramovitz reminded his team of two facts: five of their losses were by a one-run margin and every player is coming back next season.
"The fact that we have every player back next season is huge for our team," said Abramovitz. "It allowed us to build a foundation this season that should catapult us into next year."
Cassville's starting lineup reflected this youth with three juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen.
The first inning proved costly for the Lady Wildcats. East Newton plated three runs, aided by two walks and a hit batter.
But the Lady Wildcats defense stepped up and allowed only one more run in the game.
The Black and Gold broke into the scoring column in the top of the fourth inning.
Ashlea Large led off the frame with a single and Alesha Cousins walked. Large stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Callie Meek ground out. Macey Parsons hit a one-out single to score Cousins.
Cassville had two hitters reach in the sixth frame on back-to-back singles by Meek and Parsons but could not advance the runners.
"We are still a young team," said Abramovitz. "The key for us is to play in the summer and get better.