The Logan-Rogersville Wildcats baseball squad put the cherry on top of a two-win week with a Monday shutout of the McDonald County Mustangs, the number-two team in the Big 8 West.
Rogersville has had a late-season surge, tacking four into the win column in the last two weeks for a total of 18 on the year.
On Wednesday, May 1, they hosted Mount Vernon and went up 9-2 with an early six-run push. Sophomore Austin Hall carried the bulk of pitching duties in that contest, notching three strikeouts over the first six innings, before handing the circle over to junior Thomas Kane to close out the seventh. Kane accomplished the task with aplomb, putting together three consecutive strikeouts to call it a night.
The following day, they put together a similar result against Fair Grove, grinding out five runs in the first two innings to put the Eagles in an inescapable hole and come away with the 7-1 victory.
In that outing, junior Caleb Casanova, junior AJ Craft and senior Reed Metz shared pitching duties, and all three also put up RBIs (Metz netting two). Juniors Drew Cornelison and Parker Thieman rounded out the scoring lineup with an RBI each.
In Monday’s showdown with the Mustangs, three pitchers again combined to silence the opponents’ bats. This time the trio of Kane, Hall and Metz got the job done. Offensively, Kane claimed a grand slam on the day, cycling in four for the Cats on the way to the 9-0 final.
Rogersville next clashes with Monett, the number-one team in the Big 8 West, in one final regular season away game on Thursday before plunging into the class 4 district 11 tourney in Hollister. As the number-two seed in that tournament, they will first play in Monday’s semifinal.