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Monett Legion Splits Baseball Games With Neosho

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Defense dominated the first game and offense took over in the second game as the Monett American Legion Post split a double-header baseball game with Neosho on Monday.

Monett prevailed in the opener, 3-2, before dropping the night-cap, 12-10. Monett is now 5-8 on the season.

"We are playing better in late innings," Monett Manager Blaine Trout said.

Pitching took the spotlight in the opener. Both teams were scoreless until the fifth inning. Neosho, thanks to some walks, plated two runs in the top of the fifth but Monett quickly tied it in the bottom half.

Jake Smith began the bottom of the fifth for Monett, grounding to third but reaching on an error. Doug Aldridge followed with a single. Mitchel Gibson advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Pokey Henderson brought in Monett's first run with a sacrifice fly and Kennon Cox followed with an RBI single.

In the bottom of the sixth, Monett got the winning run. Preston Thompson was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball. Aldridge scored him with a two-out single.

Andy Hagedorn started on the mound for Monett and allowed just two runs and one hit in five innings. Josh Wiseman relieved and got the win.

Neosho threatened in the top of the seventh, putting the potential tying run on first with one out. But Wiseman got the next Neosho hitter to bounce to shortstop Colten Philips, who started the game-ending double play to second baseman Gibson and on to first baseman Smith.

In the second game, Neosho took a big early lead and Monett fell short in the comeback effort.

Carlin Ballay drove in three runs in the night-cap, including two runs in a seven-run fifth inning.

Phillips was the losing pitcher for Monett.

Monett plays at Carl Junction tonight.

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