Both the Monett Cubs and Purdy Eagles used big innings to keep their baseball seasons alive yesterday. Monett posted a mild upset in the Class 3A District 11 tournament by beating Cassville, 13-0, at Springfield Catholic. Purdy claimed the Class 2A District 12 title by defeating Southwest, 14-4, at Diamond.
The Cubs, the third seed, exploded for seven runs in the first inning, most of the damage coming with two outs, and went on to blank the second-seeded Wildcats.
Monett will face Springfield Catholic at 6 p.m. today for the district title. Catholic, the fourth seed, upset the number one seed, Forsyth, 5-4.
Spenser Witt led off the game with a walk. With one out, Kellen Bounous singled. Kirk Moore hit into a fielder's choice scoring Witt. Preston Thompson and Jake Smith walked, and Colten Phillips followed with a two-RBI single. Kyle Coatney got on with a walk. An errant pick-off attempt, Smith scored. Marcus Enloe then blasted a three-run homer over the center field fence for a 7-0 Cubs lead.
Right-hander Jesse Bremer kept Cassville at bay, allowing eight hits and fanning six for Monett's second straight complete game shut-out.
The Cubs added four more runs in the third inning. Witt had an RBI single. Coatney and Michael Roberts scored on errors, and Witt scored on a wild pitch.
Monett got single runs in the fourth and fifth innings as a result of Wildcat errors.
The Cubs are now 14-5 on the season.
Chris Bennett ripped a bases-loaded three-run double in the bottom of the third that opened the flood gates for Purdy in the 14-4 win over Southwest.
"That opened the door for us," commented Purdy Coach Joshua Hughes. "Everyone did what they had to do and played their roles."
Purdy advanced to a state sectional game against Stockton, the District 11 winner, at 5 p.m. on Monday at Stockton.
The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-RBI double by Mason Roller. Southwest tied the game in the second.
In the third, Bennett's big hit gave Purdy the lead for good, and the Eagles added nine more runs before the inning was over.
Extra base hits were a key for the Eagles. Blake Williams and Daniel Barrientos each had a pair of doubles. In addition, Roller, Bennett and Trent Goetz had doubles.
Riley Veith was the winning pitcher, striking out three.
Josh Hartin belted a two-run homer for Southwest in the fifth inning.