Wildcats win big in season opener

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Cassville Wildcats were one of the few teams in the area who got to experience their season opener on Monday. They likely wouldn't have due to rain, but Cassville did so well that they cut the game short after five innings of play.

The Wildcats won 17-1 over the Spokane Owls in the first round of the Reeds Spring Tournament.

Cassville's biggest inning came in the second. The Wildcats blasted 10 runs against the overmatched Spokane pitcher and quickly turned a 1-0 contest into a rout.

Surprisingly, there was no one big play or person that really set the Wildcats off in the second, instead it was a team effort. Cassville got two hits and two RBI from Danny Naugle, a hit from Jody Cavness, a hit from Aaron Jamieson, two hits and runs from Ryan Rowley and two runs from Andrew Gryder.

The Wildcats, in fact, spread the wealth throughout the entire game as a total of nine of their hitters contributed offensively.

After the second frame Cassville tacked on six more runs and held Spokane to just one.

The Wildcats did get their first home runs of the season as Jamieson and Trevor Tanner both hit the ball out of the park in the contest.

Michael Baker started the game for Cassville and picked up the first pitching victory of the season. The lefty went three innings, giving up only one hit and no walks and striking out five.

Jake Nolan finished the game for the 'Cats. The junior went two innings, finishing with six strikeouts while giving up two hits, one walk and the Owls' only run.

Offensively Jamieson and Tanner led the squad.

Jamieson, a junior, got two hits in the contest with one home run and an RBI. Tanner, only a sophomore, had only one hit in the game, but it was a two-run blast.

Others getting hits for Cassville included: Naugle 2, Vinee McCracken 2, Kelby Haynes 1, Jody Cavness 1 and David Lunsford 1.

Cassville is supposed to play this Thursday against Reeds Spring at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

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