Beating a well-seasoned team that had rampaged over larger schools, the Monett Cubs scored in every inning but one to top the Crane Pirates,16-6, on Thursday.
The game broke open in the third inning, when Cubs' junior outfielder Doug Aldridge got a single and stole second base. Junior Chris Trout repeated the example, driving in Aldridge.
Senior Spenser Witt drove in Trout, followed by junior Marcus Enloe's hit and Jake Smith's hustle to get on, capitalizing on the error-prone Pirates. Junior Andy Hagedorn's triple drove them in and the Cubs were in control at 10-3.
"We ran really well and stole eight or nine bases," said Cubs' Coach Michael Calhoun.
Actually, it was 13. Given the massive offensive production, it's hard to remember it all, even for the skipper.
Junior Jesse Bremer pitched the complete game (six innings) with seven strikeouts and no walks.
"Our defense was the key to this loss," said Crane Coach Bryan Harmon. The Pirates gave up five earned runs and seven errors.
"We schedule the tough schools," said Harmon, whose program has two seasons in lieu of football. Crane had played six Class 3 schools in the week leading up to Monett, going 4-2.
"Coming in, Crane had confidence, so this was a good challenge for us," said Coach Calhoun.
Monett hitters of note were: Enloe with three hits and 4 runs; Smith with a triple-triple - three hits, 3 runs and three RBI; Hagedorn with three hits, 2 runs and five RBI; and Trout with three hits and 2 runs.
The Cubs, now 1-2 on the young season, play at the Carthage tournament on Monday evening, against the host school.