Stepping process in effect for Wildcats

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Cassville’s Sol Rainey throws out a runner on a bunt attempt on Saturday. Jared Lankford/

Cassville, Cobb earn 1st win of the season

Monday was a huge day for the Cassville baseball program, in more ways than one.

Less that 48 hours after the team (1-2) suffered two defeats, a 12-0 decision to Glendale and a 15-2 setback to Carthage, the squad looked completely different in a 7-1 win over Purdy.

The Wildcats on Saturday looked lost in the field and at the plate. In truth, they looked like a team that had not played in almost 10 months.

Coach Brandon Cobb spent several minutes with his squad in centerfield and stressed the need for heart and the will to fight.

“We got experience on Saturday,” Cobb said. “Those two teams are as good as the top teams in our conference, and we saw what we have to work toward in order to get there.”

On Monday, Cassville looked like a completely different squad against the Eagles.

Twice, in the first and sixth innings, starter Troy Rose worked out of bases-loaded, less-than-two-out jams and allowed zero runs.

“Troy did a great job on the mound and being that senior leader we need,” Cobb said. “The boys followed his example, and that helped as much as anything. We need that from him.”

No one took Saturday’s setbacks any harder than the Wildcats’ leadoff hitter, and he quickly admitted that he needed to set the tone for the young Cassville team.

“I have to set the example and be a leader,” Rose said. “We have got the talent to get it done. First, we have to get some more experience, but I know we are capable of winning several games.”

Rose was effective on the mound. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and his defense turned a double play. He also picked off a runner at first.

At the plate, Denny Wierman went two-for-three and drove in three runs. Gavin White was two-for-four with a pair of singles and 2 RBI.

“This was a big win for us, especially after what happened over the weekend,” Cobb said. “We learned from our mistakes. I told the guys Saturday that the sun would rise again and that we had more games in front of us. Today, we got a win, and I think that is going to relax us and we’ll start playing a little more loose.”

The Wildcats played Seneca on Tuesday, results were not available at press time.

Cassville will host galena on Friday at 4 p.m.

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