Lady 'Cats softball poised for growth

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Cassville catcher Devyn Callahan snares a ball for the Lady Wildcats last season. She returns as one of the team's leaders this year. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Youth movement fuels promising future plans

No coach in the Cassville School District has had a busier summer than Softball Coach Ben Abramovitz.

Not only did he become the district's new athletic director, he has also been busy breaking in a very young team.

"We have lost a player to injury already and had another move out of the district," Abramovitz said. "We have a good group of players coming in, but we are going to be young."

The future does indeed look bright for the Lady Wildcats. The incoming freshman team scored numerous victories by large margins, according to Abramovitz, including defeating an Ozark Middle School Program that hadn't lost a game in six years.

"The biggest key for us is to play as many innings in the summer as we can," Abramovitz said. "We have had to shift some of our players around and put them in new positions. I think the girls are going into their new roles, they just need more time to mature."

Several players have already made a positive impact on the coach this summer.

Ashley Ray, a sophomore, has had solid growth in her pitching and will press to solidify a spot in the infield defense.

Callie Meek, a junior, has developed a firm grip on the starting spot at first base and is becoming a leader in the dugout for the team.

Jade Holloway has moved from left field to center and has taken to the new role.

"I like this team," Abramovitz said. "We will be young, but we are talented."

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