Wildcats open conference season

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Leigh Cox, left, prepares to relay a throw to Alex Vanderpool as they attempt to tag out a Reeds Spring runner. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville looking for more consistency as team grows

With two games this week against Carl Junction and East Newton, the Cassville baseball team officially entered Big 8 Conference play.

For Kyle Wood, the Wildcats' plan to approach the conference season the way they approached the previous nine games.

Chad Howerton settles under a ball to record an out for the Wildcats during varsity action last week. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

"Our approach is to throw and play the best we have," Wood said. "There are no easy games. We used to have this conference figured out, but now we have to work hard, and every game is a fight."

Last week, the Wildcats split two games. They defeated Purdy on Thursday, 5-4, in a nine-inning affair.

The Wildcats punched across the winning run in the ninth when Alex Vanderpool walked and then scored on Zane Everett's one-out double.

"You are always happy about a win," Wood said. "I was disappointed about our approach. I didn't think we were as mentally focused as we could have been. We beat Purdy earlier this season pretty easy, and I didn't think we had the same fire the second time."

On Friday, Cassville dropped an 8-4 decision to Reeds Spring.

"I felt we were still suffering a hangover from the Purdy game," said Wood. "I told the boys to figure their dedication out before our conference games this week. We have to be clicking on cylinders to win."

Alex Dyer leads the Wildcats with 13 runs scored this season. Noah Hadlow leads the squad with 11 RBI, and Zane Everett leads the team in triples with two.

On Saturday, the Wildcats hosted their annual 50-inning game fundraiser and collected $2,800. Wood wanted to thank every person who came and all the area businesses for their support.

The Wildcats hosted Carl Junction on Tuesday, with results not available at press time. They continue conference play on Thursday at 5 p.m. on the road against East Newton.

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