Wildcats show improvement on diamond

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Cassville's Keenan Roller slides into a base for the Wildcats during a game against Monett last week. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat.

Cassville focused on seed at district tourneyThere are just two weeks left in the baseball regular season, and it is crunch time for the Cassville Wildcats.

With games against Mt. Vernon, Aurora and Seneca in the next six days, the district tournament and conference title races will soon become clear.

At 6-10, the Wildcats are still alive for a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the six-team District 11

Andrew Whitham fields a grounder at third base during a recent Wildcats contest. Cassville hosts Mt. Vernon on Thursday. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat.

"We know we have a lot to play for this season," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "It boils down to our execution. The boys have remained positive and that is a big plus."

With Aurora and Seneca both district opponents, and Mt. Vernon a tough conference foe, Cassville has a chance to reach their coach's goal.

"We have some winable games this week," Wood said. "It just boils down to our defensive execution."

Pitching and hitting, for the most part, have been strengths for the Wildcats this season, according to Wood. Defensive lapses are what have been the thorn in the side.

"Early on in the season, we would commit one error and that would lead to two, then three, and it began a spiral effect," Wood said. "It then became that we committed an error with two outs with a runner going, and multiple runs would score. Yet, the boys have continued to fight and try to overcome."

Wood said his team has come together through their struggle and not torn each other down.

"Instead of jumping on the guy who made the mistake, they acknowledge it and say 'let's learn from it.'" Wood said. "They have remained positive and strived to get better."

An 11-3 win over Hollister on Monday ended a six-game losing streak and gave the Wildcats a much-needed shot of confidence.

"We put everything together on Monday," Wood said. "If nothing else, it gives us a starting point to build upon."

The next test on the Wildcats' list is against Mt. Vernon at home on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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