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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Ashlynn Bryan secures a fly ball for an out for Cassville during varsity action Thursday against Aurora. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Lady Wildcats softball continues to grow

One thing Coach Lori Videmsheck will never do is sugar coat situations to her Cassville softball team.

Coach V, as she is known, huddled her team around after a 16-10 loss to Aurora on Thursday and was honest in her assessment — the team has to become smarter in the way it plays the game.

“Our fundamentals are something that we work on every day in practice,” Videmsheck said. “We don’t know the game very well, and when you don’t know the game that well, it is hard in the moment to know what you need to do and to make that quick decision. The effort has to be there, and you have to get down in front of the ball and not be scared of it.”

The Lady Wildcats have been hit by the perfect storm of situations. The team only had three seniors and only three returning starters. Injuries then hampered what returning experience the team did possess, meaning Videmsheck was forced to put faces on the field that needed more seasoning before being thrown to the varsity grind.

“We are just super, super young,” Videmsheck said. “We lost our No. 1 pitcher at the beginning of the season, and she just came back. I have had to throw a lot of kids into positions, and they have responded well, but they just aren’t there [developmentally]. We have a lot of work to get them there.

“To the girls’ credit, they are staying positive and they are staying with our coaching. At this point, that is all I can ask.”

As a team, Cassville is hitting .289. Kyren Postlewait leads the way with a .404 average with 21 hits in 52 at-bats with three triples and 1 home run.

As Cassville winds down the season, the goal is just to find that next step.

“We just need to build upon the base we have established,” Videmsheck said. “Our girls are smart and hard workers. We aren’t worried about wins. If we take care of the fundamentals and doing things the right way each and every time, the wins will take care of themselves.”

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