Wildcats coach encouraged by opening start
Wildcats swing bats well in McDonald's Tournament
The Cassville Wildcats baseball team's season began Friday in the McDonald's Tournament in Springdale, Ark.
Although the young Wildcats won only one of three games, a 19-0 decision over Gentry, Ark., there were several positives for Coach Kyle Wood.
"We lost to two good teams in Neosho (12-7) and Batesville, Ark., (7-4)," Wood said. "We competed well, but we also know we have room to improve."
Wood was extremely pleased with how well the 'Cats swung the bats.
Cassville hit .349 in their first three games and hitters collected 22 RBI.
"Usually the offense is one of the last things to come around," Wood said. "I thought our guys responded well to seeing their first live pitching of the year."
Wood singled out his seniors Marcus Weatherman and Ty Craig for setting a good example for the rest of the team to follow.
Weatherman hit .556 with four RBI and 3 runs scored. Craig hit .375 with 5 RBI.
Cassville pitchers struck out 17 batters in 18 innings of work and had a collective ERA of 4.66.
"We need to clean up a few things on our fielding," Wood said about his team's seven errors. "But, those are fixable mistakes that should go away with more practice."
Wood also said the Wildcats needed to work on understanding situations like which base to throw the ball to or hitting the cut off man with the throw.
"All things considered I am pleased with these guys," said Wood. "The key for us is to get more games under our belts."
Cassville hosts Purdy on Thursday night. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.