"Injuries are killing us," moaned Blaine Trout, manager of the Monett American Legion Post baseball team after being swept in a double-header last night by Carl Junction.
Monett lost the opener 11-4 and the night-cap 7-6. The local Post is 5-10 on the season.
"Our number one pitcher, Marcus McCaffrey, is done for the season," Trout said. "He tore something in his shoulder. Our number three pitcher, Marcus Enloe, is out because of surgery for something that happened earlier this year. Another pitcher, Jared Barchak, won't be able to pitch for a while because of a sore arm. Our first baseman, Jake Smith, missed the game last night but will be back soon. Jake had a slight concussion in the game Monday against Neosho."
Carl Junction scored six runs in the first two innings in the first game and Monett could not recover.
In the fourth, Monett got all four of its runs. Colten Phillips single and Preston Thompson walked. Andy Hagedorn followed with a two-RBI double. McCaffrey plated Hagedorn with a single and Carlin Ballay's single scored McCaffrey.
Barchak was the losing pitcher.
|Monett lost the second game when Carl Junction scored in the bottom of the fifth inning.|
Ballay was the losing hurler in the night-cap.
Monett is scheduled to play at home against Miller on Saturday. However, Trout said the game is in question because of other tournament games being played at North Park that day.