Confidence growing in Wildcats' baseball ranks

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Cassville's Alex Dyer, left, and Leigh Cox discuss pitch strategy during varsity action for the Wildcats this season. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Coach impressed with Dyer's growth on the diamond

Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, is starting to settle into his role as the Wildcats' new skipper.

One huge reason Samborski can breathe a little easier is the fact that his Wildcats are starting to settle in with him.

Gilbert Medina records an out at third base for the Wildcats this season. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

"We are playing really well right now in all three phases," Samborski said. "We are putting the ball in play and forcing teams to get us out. Our defense has been solid, and our pitchers are throwing strikes. In reality, our pitchers have made playing defense easy."

On Thursday, the Wildcats defeated McDonald County, 7-0, in Big 8 Conference play. Cassville moved to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

"These boys have put in the effort necessary to be a good team," Samborski said. "They show up early and put extra work in the cage and on defense."

Samborski, a team-oriented coach, noted Alex Dyer has blossomed lately for the Wildcats.

"Alex got off to a slow start this season," he said. "In large part, his play was hampered by an injury from the football season. Now, he is ripping the ball at the plate and has developed into a leader that the boys can use as an example."

On Monday, Dyer was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Wildcats. All three hits went to all parts of the outfield.

"It's hard to defend a hitter that uses the whole park to hit," Samborski said. "As a team, the guys have been great at spraying the ball lately. We are a dangerous team."

On Thursday, Cassville welcomes Mt. Vernon to town. Samborski admits he is not too familiar with the Mountaineers, but said there are a few things fans can count on.

"I know it is a conference game and the Big 8 is tough," he said. "Right now, the goal is for us to just keep playing our way and make other teams figure out how to stop what we do."

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