Perfect Lady Wildcats face big test

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Young and younger was how Cassville softball coach Ben Abramovitz described his softball team this summer.

Coming off a 2013 season that only featured 10 wins, it was obvious that more work had to be done.

When injury hit one of his key seniors and another starter moved out of the district this summer, the coach had to scramble to rebuild his lineup.

Abramovitz knew that his team was talented, but nothing could have prepared him for the squad's 5-0 start to the season, including a Reeds Spring Tournament championship.

"It's coming together more than I ever could have imagined," Abramovitz said. "Our players have grown more and our pitching has been awesome."

This season's squad features three interchangeable pitchers that gives Abramovitz options on the mound.

Normally, teams have an ace that they can ride all season, but depth in the pitching circle has already led to one Cassville tournament championship.

"It's nice to have three players to throw each game in a tournament," Abramovitz said. "It allows us to have fresh arms to throw every game."

Offensively, the Lady Wildcats have scored over 50 points in their first five games. Abramovitz said his team has scored in all but two innings this season.

The coach knows that kind of production won't keep pace all season, but it was critical to getting his team confidence as it heads into the heart of the schedule.

On Thursday, Cassville will face it's stiffest test of the year as they travel to Monett.

"[Monett] will be the best competition that we have faced so far," Abramovitz said. "We can't afford any mistakes if we want to win."

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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