Middle school softball claims first conference championship

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Cassville Middle School softball team won its first conference championship ever in the first weekend of May. Front row, laying down, from left, include: Kyler Hayward and Kalee Lowe. Middle row: Kennedy Truman, Mikayla Manwarren, Kyla Bowling, Aubrey Stoufer, Elly Ramaeker, Tyra Sturgell, Isabella Rodriguez Muise and manager Carlee Mitchell. Back row: Coach Kristi Pinckard, Ava Hinson, Isabella Dunbar, Hailey Bryan, Rylee Quinlan, Neveah Johnson, Logan Marple, Kaylyn Weiser, Aleigha Bryan, Kierstan Fare, Coach Shawn Trent, Langston Mitchell and Coach Lindsey Halterman. Contributed photo

Lady Wildcats 3-0 in Big 8 tournament

The Cassville Middle School softball team won the Big 8 Conference Tournament, the first for the organization in its 10 years of existence.

The Lady Wildcats went 3-0 in the tournament on the first weekend of May, with outstanding offensive and defensive contributions from all teammates. 

The team went 9-2 in the regular season, finishing with an overall record of 12-2 and the No. 2 seed for the Big 8 Conference Tournament. Of the two losses, the first was against Ozark who went on to win the Central Ozark Conference Tournament, and the second to Marshfield early in the season.

The loss to Marshfield was only the second conference game, ending with a score of 4-0. After the loss to Marshfield the team got in a groove and went on to finish the season with 10 straight wins.

"The Championship game was a match-up against the No. 1 seed Marshfield, and these girls were looking to redeem themselves," said Kristi Pinckard, middle school softball head coach. "After a hard fought battle, the Lady Wildcats came up victorious, beating Marshfield 5-3."

Cassville jumped early, taking a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Neither team scored in the second inning, but in the third, the Wildcats took off, earning 3 runs and causing a pitching change for Marshfield.

After Marshfield earned one run in the bottom of the third inning, neither team scored again and the game became a true pitching duel. Aubrey Stoufer led the Wildcats to the 5-3 win by only allowing one hit in the last two innings of the game. 

"The Lady Wildcats’ season ended with their Big 8 Tournament win, but we are excited to move forward and start preparing for next season," Pinckard said. "I will be relocating to Oklahoma next year to be with family, however, Coach Shawn Trent will continue serving as a coach for the CMS softball team."

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