Lady Wildcats softball set sights on next step

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Josi Rose fires to first base to record an out for the Lady Wildcats. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

District softball action awaits Lady Wildcats

With all of its goals still in front of them, the Cassville softball team rides into the district tournament with momentum and confidence on Thursday.

“I think [developmentally] we are where we need to be,” said Shawn Johnson, Cassville coach. “We’re to the point we just want to go to the tournament and play.”

Shauna Dilbeck fields a ball for the Lady Wildcats during varsity action this season. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

The Lady Wildcats (12-12) finished up the regular season with a 4-1 win over Parkview and carry that steam into a semifinal game Thursday at Monett.

The Class 3, District 12 seeding was released for this year’s tournament last Thursday.

Monett drew the top seed. Cassville is No. 2, followed by East Newton, No. 3; Nevada, No. 4; Aurora, No. 5; and Carl Junction, No. 6.

The Lady Cubs and Lady Wildcats received automatic byes into the semifinal round. Tourney play opens Wednesday with Aurora and Nevada at 4 p.m., immediately followed by East Newton and Carl Junction.

The winner of the Aurora-Nevada match plays Monett in the first semifinal on Thursday at 4 p.m. Cassville entertains the winner of the East Newton-Carl Junction match at 6 p.m.

“Top to bottom, we have grown this year,” Johnson said. “From the way we hit and field to our leadership. Our girls have come together and learned to take steps as a team.”

There is no doubt that the Lady Wildcats want to get back to the district title game again this season.

Johnson said at times this season the Lady Wildcats have placed mental blocks in their way and that confidence is key for the tournament.

“The mental game of softball is huge,” Johnson said. “If you go to the plate with confidence that you are going to hit the ball, you usually hit it. Our goals are still there for us to attain. Now we just want to go play.”

The championship is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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