Wildcats following team model

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Noah Hadlow fires a pitch home for the Wildcats in a varsity win over New Covenant Academy. Kyle Tournament editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville starting to spray the ball, becoming dangerous

Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, likes the way his Wildcats are starting to come together as a team.

Samborski preaches a simple concept of team unity and team accomplishment. His philosophy is rooted in the simple truth that nine guys working as a unit to accomplish a goal is tougher to stop than putting the pressure on just one or two guys.

Alex Dyer keeps his eye on the ball during varsity action this season for the Wildcats. Kyle Tournament editor@cassville-democrat.com

When asked about the leadership model, the coach is straight forward with his response.

"During the course of the season, every guy is going to have to step up and be the guy who leads us to a win," Samborski said. "I have told our players that they have to be ready when their moment comes. Baseball is a team sport, and that is why I believe it should be a team-led squad."

The Wildcats travel to Purdy on Thursday and look to avenge an early-season loss to the Eagles.

"It's a rivalry game for us," Samborski said. "Our guys play with their guys in the summer, they are friends and both teams want to win. We are both different teams than we were two weeks ago. It will be a good game."

On Monday, the Wildcats improved to 5-3 with a 13-8 win over Hollister.

"It was an ugly Monday win," Samborski said. "Alex [Vanderpool] didn't have his best stuff, but Tyler Speakman and Lucas Donovan stepped in and gave us a big lift on the mound."

Samborski said his team has improved the most in its approach at the plate.

"We are spraying the ball all over the field now," he said. "Early in the season, we pulled everything. We are becoming a dangerous team at the plate."

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