Curse of Lady Cubs broken!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The Cassville softball team celebrates a 10-8 victory over Monett, the first over the Lady Cubs in 17 games, to move on to the district semifinals. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville softball hangs on for 10-8 win in districts

For the first time in 17 tries over 13 years, the Cassville softball team has defeated Monett.

The Lady Wildcats earned a hard-fought, 10-8 win over the Lady Cubs on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 3, District 4 Tournament.

Emilee Mann flips a ball to Alyssa Whisenhunt for an inning-ending out in the 10-8 win over Monett in district play. Kyle Troutman/

Things didn’t look so hot for Cassville early on, falling into a 4-0 hole midway through the third inning.

“Mentally I think there was some pressure on the mound and we had trouble hitting our spots early, and they put the ball in play,” said Lori Videmschek, Cassville coach. “With their speed, they can get around the bases when they get a hit.”

The Lady Wildcats’ determination was on display in the bottom of the frame, with Macie Walker scoring on a single to left field to put them on the board. A ground out from Kalee Lowe sent Emilee Mann across home plate, but gave the Lady Wildcats two outs in the inning with one on.

Kalee Lowe (No. 9) gets a couple high fives after scoring a run in the Lady Wildcats; win over Monett in district action. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville used the momentum of the 2 runs to explode for 5 more in the frame via four singles, a reach on error, a hit by pitch and a walk.

“We started getting base hit after base hit and were able to score some runs,” Videmschek said. “We became more disciplined at the plate and when we were swinging at strikes, we were hitting balls well.

”[Going into that inning] I told them we’ve got a lot of time left and if we can string some hits together and score a run or two every inning, we have a good chance. I’m proud of the girls and how they didn’t quit.”

Cassville added a run in the fourth and 2 in the fifth to go up 10-4, but Monett wasn’t finished. The Lady Wildcats staved off a 3-run sixth from the Lady Cubs, plus a 1-run seventh, ending the game on a ground out with two runners on for Monett.

“We haven’t beaten them since maybe 2008, or so I heard, so this win is a big deal,” Videmschek said. “We finally got over that hump, and the girls are excited.”

Alyssa Whisenhunt led Cassville at the plate with 3 hits and 2 RBI. Six other Lady Wildcats tallied a hit each, and Walker added 2 RBI.

Whisenhunt started the game on the mound, going three innings and giving up five hits, 4 earned runs while striking out 1. Isabelle Edwards took over the game for the final four frames, allowing 8 hits, 3 earned runs and striking out 3.

The No. 2 Lady Wildcats now turn their attention to No. 3 Seneca, which bested No. 6 Willow Springs 15-0 on Tuesday after Cassville’s game.

The teams have met twice this season, with the Lady Indians earning both wins, 3-5 in September and 9-3 only a week ago.

“We’ve played them two times and they’ve beat us two times, but we didn’t play our best in either of those,” Videmschek said. “I think this win over Monett has given us some confidence, and we know we can beat Seneca. Those two games this season, we shot ourselves in the foot and threw it away, so we’ll have to be focused and play well to win.”

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, though inclement weather may play a factor. The winner of the Cassville-Seneca game will meet the winner of No. 1 Logan-Rogersville and No. 5 Salem for the district championship, scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m.r 10-8 win in districts

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