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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Carson Roller prepares to tag out Purdy’s Adam Humphrey at second base during varsity action on Thursday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville turns attention to solving offensive woes

The excitement of a first-inning two-run home run by Sol Rainey was short lived for the Cassville baseball team in a 7-2 loss at Purdy Thursday.

The Wildcats, 2-5 on the season, while young, had a team meeting after the game where the players challenged each other to be better.

While it is true that Cassville did commit three errors in the game that led to three runs for the Eagles, the problem has been a bit more offensive for the Wildcats this season.

After scoring 23 runs in their first three games this season, the Wildcats have only managed 7 in their last four contests.

“We have got to start hitting the baseball,” said Brandon Cobb, Cassville coach. “When it rains its pours and we hit the ball hard a few times and they made plays. But we have to be more consistent at the plate.”

The Wildcats only managed four hits in the game total, Rainey’s blast over the 300-foot sign and another single, a Mason Hendrix single, Jarrod Wallace double.

“We have got to start finding some holes and swinging the bat better,” Cobb said. “You give all the credit to them, but we also struck out looking too much and the only way I know is to keep working to get out of a slump.”

Cobb said part of the issue is not seeing that much action this season with the crazy weather and game postponements, however, he said the team would not use that as an excuse.

“I think we are being aggressive,” Cobb said. “But I think it has been tough luck and hitting is contagious and I believe it will turn around for us.”

The Wildcats head to McDonald County on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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