Wildcats start off perfectly

Special to the Democrat-MissourianApril 7, 2014 

Perfect. That is how the 2014 baseball season has been for the Harrisonville Wildcats so far.

Prior to their home opener against the Pleasant Hill Roosters, the Wildcats were 4-0, with wins against Raytown, Raytown South, William Chrisman, and Oak Grove. As of April 1, you can add Pleasant Hill to that list of conquests and move Harrisonville’s record to an unblemished 5-0. The Wildcats shut out the Roosters 10-0.

Harrisonville’s winning streak is impressive. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents by an average of 15-3, including two shutouts. As expected, defense, pitching, and hitting are cruising on all cylinders; however it’s the intangibles that are making the difference at this point in the season.

“I’d say the biggest thing for us right now is attitude,” Harrisonville coach Joe Rohlfing said.

Pleasant Hill held Harrisonville to a scoreless first inning. Then the Wildcats found their groove and scored five runs in the second, then five more in the third, while holding the Roosters scoreless.

“Everybody did their job and that’s what we are emphasizing. Get the job done then good things will happen,” Rohlfing said.

The Missouri River Valley Conference schedule resumed for Harrisonville today (April 4) when it traveled to Oak Grove for an early-season rematch with the Panthers.

“We played them in the Raytown Tournament championship and beat them 16-6. They are a good ball team,” said Harrisonville junior Logan Teal.

Teal is right. Even though Harrisonville easily handled Oak Grove in the Raytown Tournament, the Panthers just missed winning the Class 4 state title last year by one run in the championship game.

“We just need to keep playing well. I keep trying to emphasize that there are always things you can improve on, regardless of how you did the day before,” Rohlfing said.

If the Wildcats keep improving, who knows how far they might go this season.

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