Lady Wildcats softball to get back to fun after loss

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Cassville’s Josie Lone prepares to throw a pitch during the game against Monett on Tuesday. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Nerves, tightness cost Cassville against Monett

It has been a decade since the last time Cassville defeated Monett (3-3) in softball.

On Thursday, the two teams tangled at Wildcats Stadium and the stats, before the game seemed to be all in the Lady Wildcats’ (4-1) favor.

Not only did the Lady Wildcats possess a perfect record, but their line-up was hitting .508 and the starting pitcher Josie Lone had an ERA of .300 and had allowed only 14 hits and 1 earned run in 23-1/3 innings.

However, the game only lasted five innings, and Cassville found itself on the wrong side on an 11-1 scoreboard.

“The team that played out there was not the team I saw play the first four games of the season,” said Shawn Johnson, Cassville coach. “We never relaxed and played loose. With a team like Monett, you have to contend with their speed. We did not compete at all with that.”

Momentum, initially, was in the favor of the Lady Wildcats. Monett’s Katie Kurima reached base to open the game with a single. Her streak of 48 consecutive stolen bases, dating back to last year, then came to a halt on the next pitch, as she was thrown out by a great throw from catcher Kaylee Reibert while attempting to steal.

The Lady Cubs loaded the bases, but Lone worked out of the jam.

Instead, Monett pitcher Josie Allcock worked a perfect frame, and the Lady Cubs offense exploded for seven runs in the second.

Offensively, Cassville only managed four hits, a double by Reibert that was followed by an Audra Brooks RBI single in the second, then a Josie Rose single in the third and Schauna Dilbeck single in the fifth.

“I thought we were prepared for Monett tonight, but it didn’t show,” Johnson said. “Our goal next week is just to get back to having fun and staying focused. That is what we did when we won our first four games of the year, and that is what is going to get us back to winning.”

Cassville hosts East Newton on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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