Ladycat softball falls in two close games

Thursday, September 14, 2006

On Tuesday, Sept. 5 the Ladycat softball team faced off against conference rival Seneca.

Seneca would strike first, scoring a total of four runs in the first three innings, but in the bottom of the third, Cassville would put themselves right back in it with three runs of their own.

However for the remainder of the game Cassville was not able to score any more runs and Seneca only added to their lead, ending the game with a 7-3 victory.

Despite only scoring three runs, the Ladycats totaled over 10 hits. Courtney Beagle went one-for-four in the game with an RBI and a stolen base.

Also doing well were Brittany Vollenweider who went two-for-three with an RBI and Jessie Meadows who went three-for-three with a stolen base. Vollenweider pitched all seven innings, gave up 11 hits and striking out six batters.

Despite the loss, Coach Bonnie Cox was positive about the way her team played.

"Our defense continues to play well, our hitting is improving," said Cox. "We are just looking for those big two-out hits with runners in scoring position."

The JV also played and also dropped the game to the Lady Indians, taking the lead early, but ultimately finding themselves on the losing end of a 5-3 score.

On Thursday, the Ladycats took on the McDonald County Mustangs. Overall the pitching dominated in this game.

During the first two innings, both teams were held scoreless until Mac County scored two in the third. Cassville answered right back with a run of their own in the third.

The Lady Mustangs pitcher allowed no more runs from Cassville, and Vollenweider allowed only one. Unfortunately this still resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Mustangs.

Hits were few and far between in this game. Cupps was two-for-three from the plate with three stolen bases and Meadows was one-for-two with three stolen bases.

The pitching was excellent in this game Vollenweider went all seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits and got five strikeouts.

McDonald County came into the game with a 9-1 record and according to Coach Cox, are one of the top teams in 3A in the area.

"Our girls proved they can play with this kind of elite team," Cox added.

The JV did not have as much success and lost to the Lady Mustangs 15-1.

With these games, Cassville drops to 3-7 over and 0-3 in the Big 8 Conference.

The Ladycats play at Aurora on Thursday and are back at home on Monday when Nixa comes to town.

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