Putting a dozen runs on the scoreboard in both games, Nevada swept a twin-bill from the Monett Post 91 American Legion baseball team last night. Monett dropped the first game, 12-6, and the nightcap, 12-3.
"We started off well in both games but then kind of let down later in the games," said Monett Manager Blaine Trout. "We need to find a way to avoid the big innings by our opponents.
"It's early in the season and we are a young team," Trout added. "Last night we played a team that went to the sectionals last year and they are a very good ball club. We will get better."
Monett jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the opening. Pokey Henderson walked, and Colten Phillips was hit by a pitch. Preston Thompson drove in Henderson with a single. Jake Smith followed with an RBI single, and Marcus McCaffrey plated Thompson with an RBI single.
Nevada quickly tied the game with three in the bottom half of the first, but Monett regained the lead, 4-3, in the third. Smith singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by McCaffrey.
After that it was all Nevada as that team got a solo homer and a two-run blast on the way to scoring nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
McCaffrey took the loss on the mound for Monett.
In the nightcap, Monett again took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Andy Hagedorn and an RBI single by Henderson.
Nevada came back with three in the bottom of the first. Monett evened the score in the third on an RBI single by Henderson, but Nevada pulled away after that.
Doug Aldridge was the losing pitcher for Monett.
Monett, 2-4 on the season, will play their first home games tomorrow, beginning at 1 p.m