Breaking through in the fourth inning with all their runs, the Monett Cubs blanked the Bolivar Liberators, 5-0, last night in the opening round of the Class 3A District 11 baseball tournament at Cassville.
Monett, seeded third, will now face the Cassville Wildcats, the second-seed, in the semifinals at 7 p.m. today at Springfield Catholic. Cassville stopped Aurora, 5-2, in the other opening round game at Cassville yesterday.
It was a case of wasted opportunities for both the Cubs and Bolivar early. The teams put runners in scoring position in the first inning but failed to score. Monett then loaded the bases in the bottom of the second but again were unable to score.
Meanwhile, Cubs pitcher Kyle Coatney kept Bolivar at bay. He hurled a complete game, giving up only four hits, and struck out eight, including fanning the side in the second.
Preston Thompson led off the bottom of the fourth for the Cubs with a triple. Jake Smith followed with an RBI single that would be all the scoring the Cubs would need. Monett added four more in the inning. Marcus Enloe drove in two runs with a single and scored on a wild pitch. Kirk Moore ended the scoring with an RBI double.
Monett went to 13-5 on the season while the Liberators finished with an 11-12 record.
In the first game last night, Cassville got a run in the second and two in the third for a 3-0 lead. After Aurora made it close with two runs in the fourth, the Wildcats got those runs back in the fifth.
Travis Northern was the winning hurler for Cassville. He allowed just four hits and struck out six.
|Jake Nolan had two hits for Cassville and drove in a run. Vinee McCracken also had two hits and scored twice.|
Cassville improved to 15-3 on the season while Aurora ended the year with a 9-11 mark.