In a pitcher's duel yesterday, the visiting Seneca Lady Indians nipped the Monett Lady Cubs, 1-0, in a Big 8 Conference softball game at Monett North Park.
Monett dropped to 2-1 in the league and 7-2 on the season. Seneca improved to 12-3 overall and stayed perfect in the conference at 3-0.
The Lady Cubs had the potential tying and winning runs on second and third base in the bottom of the last inning but could not score.
"We knew it was going to be a tight game and probably one or two runs would be enough," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz.
"We couldn't get a key hit to score. You got to give Seneca credit. That team found a way to scratch out a run and we couldn't," he added.
Paige Marney, the Lady Cub pitcher, and Kyllie Sill, of Seneca, traded zeros on the mound until the fifth inning. With runners on first and third, the Lady Indians executed a double steal and got the game's only run when he throw to second was mishandled.
Marney allowed six hits and struck out four. The only run she allowed was unearned. Sill fanned 13 Monett batters and gave up five hits, two of them singles by Marney.
Monett plays today in a conference game at East Newton.