The host Cassville American Legion Post #118 team broke into the win column for the first time this season, splitting a doubleheader with Monett Post #91 last night at Wildcat Field. Cassville won the first game, 9-4, but dropped the nightcap, 10-5.
Cassville broke on top 5-0 in the first inning of the early tilt, as Ricky Vanderpool crushed a three-run homer. Monett manufactured three second inning runs to answer, with Pokey Henderson driving in a pair in the top of the second.
Then Josh Hartin clubbed a solo dinger over the left field fence in the bottom half of the second to give Cassville a 6-3 lead.
Travis Northern started on the mound for Cassville and pitched five solid innings. Kyle Rhea, the intimidating 6' 7" hurler, came on in relief and faced only nine batters in recording the final six outs.
Monett had 10 hits in the opening with Preston Thompson's double the only extra base hit.
Colten Phillips and Andy Hagedorn each had runs batted in for Monett.
Jared Barchak took the loss on the mound.
But the purple shirts returned the favor in the five-inning late game, scoring two in the first and three in the second inning for an early 5-0 lead.
In the first, Phillips doubled to get things started. Hagedorn doubles home Phillips, and Hagedorn scored on an EBI single by Thompson to give Monett the lead for good.
Monett had 11 hits in the nightcap.
Josh Wiseman was the winning pitcher as the Monett Post evened its record at two wins and two defeats. Wiseman had six strike outs.
Cody Cantwell drove in Cassville's first run in the bottom of the second with a sac fly RBI. Josh Dyer walked, went to third on an infield single and scored on a passed ball to pull Cassville within 5-2.
Both teams went quietly in the third inning, but Monett plated five runs in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Cassville hung in gamely, as second baseman Aaron Brooks booked three assists in the top of the fifth to retire the visitors in order. A couple of errors, a walk and a hit batter helped Cassville score three stat-builder runs in the bottom of the fifth but Monett held on for the 10-5 final.
Monett travels to Nevada today for a pair of games.