Breaking open the game with four runs in the fifth inning, the Nevada Tigers brought an abrupt end to the Monett Lady Cubs' fine softball season yesterday with an 8-2 victory in the opening round of the Class 3A District 12 Tournament held at Carl Junction.
Finishing the year with a 17-8 record, the Lady Cubs, seeded fourth, could not overcome Nevada's six runs over the last three innings.
"We never could get into a flow offensively or defensively," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz.
"You got to give Nevada credit," Goetz added. "They hit the ball hard and made us make plays defensively.
"We had a great season so it was hard to lose a game like this to end our year. I want o wish our seniors the best of luck in their future, and we will miss them tremendously next year."
Nevada scored single runs in the first and third innings for a 2-0 lead but Monett battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.
Paige Marney hit a one-out single in the fourth and Logan Swope followed with a single. With two outs, Raigan Ratliff hit a two-out triple to drive in two runs.
The fifth-seeded Tigers came back with four runs in the fifth to take control. Nikki O'Bryan's two-run double was the key blow.
Marney was the losing pitcher, giving up eight runs, four earned, and striking out nine.
In other games, Carl Junction, the second seed, beat East Newton 5-1, and Seneca eliminated Lamar 10-0. Semifinal games scheduled for today pit top-seeded McDonald County against Nevada and Carl Junction against third-seeded Seneca.