Cassville falls in district semifinal to Seneca

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Chuck Nickle Photography Close call Cassville sophomore Gabe Kirk applies the tag to a Seneca runner during district baseball action on May 13.

The Cassville Wildcat baseball team's season concluded with an 11-0 loss to the Seneca Indians on May 13 in the Class 4, District 11 tournament at Seneca.

The Wildcats (10-14) held off the Indians for the first three innings, only allowing a pair of runs in the first frame and a single tally in the third inning. However, an eight-run fourth by Seneca built a hill that proved too steep for the Wildcats to climb.

"Obviously, we are disappointed with the results tonight," said Cassville coach Kyle Woods. "We came into the game winning four of our last six with a pair of one-run losses. We thought we had turned the page. I don't think we played that poorly. Seneca is just a dang good team."

Chuck Nickle Photography Here is the plan Cassville assistant baseball coach Danny Powers and catcher Andrew Whitham discuss baseball strategy during the Class 4, District 11 semifinal game against Seneca on May 13.

Seneca pitching ace Colton Webber kept the Cassville batters off-balance.

Webber allowed three hits, all singles, one each to Garrett Kirk, Ty Craig and Andrew Whitham. The Indians pitcher also gave up a walk to Gabe Kirk.

The Wildcats collected two of their singles in the first inning but were unable to string together the clutch hits to make it on the scoreboard.

"By the season's end we had seven underclassmen in our starting lineup," said Wood. "The key for us is to find leadership for next year and just get better as a unit.

"I am proud of my boys," continued Wood. "They got better as the season went along. They never gave up, and that is a testament to their character."

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