Districts calling Wildcats
Cassville seeks to embrace dark horse role
The road to district baseball glory is now clear for the Cassville baseball team.
The Wildcats (12-10) open action in the Class 4, District 12 tournament on Saturday against East Newton.
"I think we enter this tournament with a lot of confidence," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "We were able to make a run to the championship game last year and we return several players that understand what it takes to get back to that game this year."
The Wildcats and Patriots tangled on April 16, with Cassville earning a 3-0 win.
Alex Vanderpool allowed just two hits to earn the win. He will get the start again on Saturday.
"We have played every team in this tournament close during the regular season," Wood said. "I feel we have a great shot to play for the title again."
Monett (19-5) earned the No. 1 overall seed, and Carl Junction (17-7) the No. 2, with both squads earned first round byes.
The Wildcats earned the No. 3 seed, with Seneca (9-14) earning the No. 4 seed. Nevada (7-15) was named the No. 5 seed, and East Newton (7-16) he No. 6 seed.
Seneca and Nevada open tournament play on Saturday at 11 a.m. immediately followed by Cassville and East Newton.
The Seneca-Nevada winner plays top-seed Monett at 4:30 p.m. on Monday with the Cassville-East Newton winner facing Carl Junction following the first semifinal.
The championship is slated for 5 p.m. on Tuesday.