Wildcats surprised with district seed

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Jordan Fisher slides forward to grab a fly ball and record an out in a recent Cassville win against Aurora. The Wildcats open District Tournament play on May 17 against East Newton at 1:30 p.m. in Monett. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Despite overall record, CHS gets No. 4 seed

On Wednesday morning six coaches from Seneca, Monett, Carl Junction, Cassville, Seneca and McDonald County assembled at Monett High School to seed the Class 4, District 11 tournament.

After an hour of debating, the results were released to the public and left Cassville feeling honored.

Cassville's Chase Jackson, left, and Andrew Whitham celebrate a Wildcat win earlier this season. Cassville hopes to do more celebrating in the District Tournament this weekend in Monett. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Carl Junction (18-6) and Monett (15-8) earned the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, followed in order by McDonald County (10-13), Cassville (8-12), East Newton (13-7) and Seneca 9-14).

"I think we were shown a little respect by the other schools with a four-seed," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "Given the fact that we have lost to the No. 5 and No. 6 team in this tournament, we feel blessed."

Cassville enters the tournament with a chance to make some noise.

Wood said the pitching and hitting has been solid all season, and if the defense puts it together, the Wildcats could be a dark horse for a district title.

"Coach [Danny] Powers and I have had conversations about what this team is capable of when they play a complete game," Wood said. "We have shown flashes of brilliance all season, but no consistency. That is the biggest key for us."

Cassville faces a stiff test in East Newton and knows it will be a battle.

"The Patriots have two good pitchers and we know we'll face one of them," Wood said. "We can't get behind early, and we don't want to give them cheap runs or free outs."

Tournament action starts on May 17 with Cassville and East Newton scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. game. McDonald County and Seneca will play in the nightcap.

Semifinal action will take place on May 20, when Carl Junction plays Cassville or East Newton winner at 5 p.m. Monett will then entertain McDonald County or Seneca. The championship is slated for May 21 at 5 p.m.

All games will be played at Monett's North Park.

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