Unable to hold on to leads, the Monett American Legion Post baseball team lost all three games in the Carl Junction tournament last weekend.
"We competed hard for five innings in all three games and led after five innings, but then let up," said Blaine Trout, manager of the Monett team. "We just have to learn how to finish and play hard the whole game."
In the first game Friday against McDonald County, Monett took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning and then allowed five runs and lost, 6-3.
Monett went ahead 2-0 in the first. Chris Trout drew a lead-off walk and stole second. He scored on an RBI single by Pokey Henderson. Colten Phillips singled in Henderson.
In the third inning, Todd Forgey had a single, and later scored on a single by Jake Smith.
Marcus McCaffrey was the losing pitcher. Josh Wiseman and Jared Barchak also pitched for Monett.
On Saturday, Monett lost to Aurora in extra innings, 8-7.
|Monett jumped on top in the first with two runs. Henderson singled and stole second. He scored on an RBI single by Phillips, who then stole second. Phillips crossed the plate on a single by McCaffrey.|
Aurora got one run in the bottom of the first and tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Monett re-took the lead, 4-2, in the sixth when McCaffrey drove in a pair with a single, but Aurora tied it up again with two in the bottom half.
Once again Monett took the lead, 7-4, with three runs in the seventh. Kennon Cox, Forgey and Phillips had RBI singles. Aurora again tied the game in the bottom half with three runs to send the contest into extra innings.
Aurora then won the game in the bottom of the eighth. Jason Hicks singled, went to third on two walks, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake McCully.
Mitchel Gibson was the losing pitcher for Monett.
Carl Junction defeated Monett in the second game Saturday, 7-4.
Monett scored two runs in the third and two in the fourth to lead 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth when Carl Junction scored five runs enroute to winning.
In the first, Henderson doubled and scored on a single by Cox. Preston Thompson's single plated Cox.
McCaffrey singled in the fourth and Doug Aldridge walked. Both scored on a single by Henderson.
Barchak took the loss on the hill for Monett, now 4-7 on the season.