Wildcats reflect on positive week

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Gavin White gathers in a ball to make a play for the Wildcats during action against Monett. Jared Lankford sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville encouraged, determined to get better

With one home game left on the schedule, the Cassville baseball team heads into Thursday night's battle with Logan-Rogersville determined to improve.

The Wildcats are coming off twin games against state-ranked opponents, Aurora and Monett. On Tuesday, the Wildcats stymied the Houn' Dawgs, 3-0, and had Monett on the ropes through five innings before letting a 6-3 advantage slip in the sixth.

Despite the setback against the Cubs, the players saw their true potential when the play like a team.

Pitcher Noah Hadlow put things in perspective after a toss loss to his rival Monett.

"Every game, we are getting better and better," Hadlow said. "This week showed that we can compete with some of the best teams in the state. We need to prove to ourselves that we can challenge those top teams. As long as we keep taking steps forward, we'll be in the mix for a district title."

As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .351. Cassville's lineup features four players hitting above .400 in Jeremiah Fisher, Alex Dyer, Leigh Cox and Zane

Everett. Those four batters have combined to drive in 62 runs and score 87 more.

"We needed to play these games to prove that we have gotten better this season," Hadlow said. "I can tell you this much, I can't wait for a rematch [with Monett]."

The Wildcats continue to use a plethora of pitchers. This season, nine different players have spent time on the bump, with six throwing eight or more innings.

As a unit, the squad has a 3.79 ERA.

"Every day, we are getting better," said Jade Samborski, Cassville coach. "There is not one thing right now that we need to fix. Monett had one big base-clearing hit, and that was the difference. For us, it comes down to being better today, more than yesterday. We do that and we will be fine."

First pitch against Logan-Rogersville is set for 5 p.m.

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