Wildcats 3rd in Cassville Classic
Cassville bags first win of season, 3-1 over Galena
The Cassville baseball team managed third place in the Cassville Classic last week, going 1-3 in two doubleheaders, but also picking up the first victory of the season in a 3-1 win over Galena.
The Wildcats (1-5 as of Monday morning) were set to play a doubleheader on March 22, but due to fears of inclement weather, the contests were pushed to Wednesday.
On March 23, Cassville played a pair of games against Flippin (Ark.) and Seneca, falling in both contests.
Against Flippin, the Wildcats started well with a 2-run first inning, but they trailed 6-2 after two. A 5-run fifth inning by Flippin put the game out of reach.
Cassville produced 6 hits in the contest, but the team also had 6 errors.
Isaac Hadlow drove in a pair of runs for Cassville, and on the mound. Corey Thomas pitched three innings and retired 5 batters.
Against the Indians, the Wildcats came out swinging, taking a 5-3 lead after the first frame. The game went to 5-4 after the second and held until the sixth, when Seneca plated 4 runs for the final 8-5 scoreline.
Cassville tallied 8 hits in the game to Seneca’s 10 and improved error-wise, only committing 3.
Devin Bailey pitched four innings for the Wildcats, striking out 2 hitters.
After the losses and schedule change, Cassville came into Wednesday fired up, producing its first win of the season with a 2-score first inning, and another tally in the third for the 3-1 victory over Galena.
Bailey provided the lone RBI for Cassville, a game where the Wildcats were outhit, 3-2, but managed to find the win.
Hadlow pitched five innings of the six Cassville threw, putting 6 Ks up on the board.
The joy in winning, however, was short-lived, as Gravette (Ark.) was up next and brought some hot bats. Cassville fell 14-0 in the contest, giving up a 3-run first and an 8-run third in a game where the Wildcats suffered from errors, committing 10 total.
Zach Acheson took to the mound in that contest, racking up 5 strikeouts in 2-1/3 innings. Ethan Bohmke added 2 Ks for Cassville. Gravette’s pitcher went all 5 innings and retired 14 of 15 batters, allowing the Wildcats only 1 hit in the game.
Seneca won the tournament, followed by Gravette and Cassville.
Cassville returned to action Monday in its second home tourney, the Wildcat Wood Bat Tournament. The Wildcats started with another doubleheader, facing Central and Lighthouse, then closed the tourney on Tuesday with a game against Butler. Full results were not available as of presstime.
Cassville hits the road on Monday for its next battle, traveling to Hollister for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.