Diamond Wildcats enter district stage
Team feels tournament is open for the taking
Cassville's baseball team heads to Monett on Saturday for the Class 4, District 12 tournament.
The Wildcats (14-9) and earned the No. 3 overall seed and play East Newton in the first round, and the Wildcats feel like the tournament is wide open.
"Teams one through six could win this tournament," said Jade Samborski, Cassville coach. "We have two state-ranked programs at the top of this tournament, but feel like it is still open for the taking."
Samborski said the matchup with the Patriots will be a tough one.
"After playing them once and watching them in Grove [Okla.], I can tell you two things about the Patriots," Samborski said. "They are a scrappy bunch of kids that play hard for 21 outs, and they never quit."
The Wildcats have not set their pitching rotations for the game Saturday, but Samborski did tell his team the secret to winning district titles.
"Everything speeds up in district play," he said. "Things just move quicker. The teams that win titles are the ones that can slow the games down mentally and make the routine plays when the pressure is on."
Monett earned the No. 1 seed. Carl Junction earned the No. 2 seed and Cassville secured the No. 3 seed. Nevada claimed the No. 4 seed, followed by Seneca as the No. 5 seed and East Newton as the No. 6 seed.
Nevada and Seneca open tournament play on Saturday with an 11 a.m. tilt. Cassville and East Newton are slated for a 1:30 p.m. battle at Monett's North Park.
Monett awaits the Nevada-Seneca winner in the first semifinal on Monday at 4:30 p.m., with Carl Junction entertaining the Cassville-East Newton victor at 6:30 p.m.
The championship is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m.