Postponed by rain several weeks ago, the Monett Invitational baseball tournament resumed Saturday with four games among four teams.
This time, a mild, breezy day of sunshine greeted the competition.
The Monett Cubs, 13-5, defeated feisty Seneca in the morning, 7-4, and beat up on Big 8 Conference rival East Newton, 12-2, in the tourney's nightcap game, winning the round-robin event undefeated at 3-0.
When the top of the Seneca lineup got to pitcher Andy Hagedorn for three runs in the third inning, Spenser Witt took over and quashed the Indians for the final four innings.
The Cubs went ahead for good in the fifth when lead-off batters Doug Aldridge and Marcus Aldridge got aboard and were brought home by hits from Hagedorn and Marcus McCaffrey.
Sophomore Carlin Bailey became a varsity pitcher with his start against the East Newton Patriots, throwing a two-hitter in his impressive debut victory.
He had a cushion to ride after the offensive floodgates opened in the second inning. The Cubs went to town with seven hits from 14 batters, producing eight runs. Witt and Nicky Roberts each got a pair of hits in the stanza's scoring frenzy.
In the fifth, when Roberts' hit brought in Colten Phillips and stretched the lead to 10 runs, the game was terminated at 12-2.
The two-walk win for Bailey was a dream start on the mound.
"This was my chance," said Bailey of his approach to the game. "But once it got down to it -- nerves. I didn't want to over think it. It's my job. Throw strikes."
Bailey was backed by error-free fielding.
Monett plays at the Republic Tournament this week. The Cubs are scheduled to play Mt. Vernon on Monday afternoon and Republic on Wednesday afternoon.
The Purdy Eagles also competed in the Monett Invitational, losing to Seneca in a tight game, 6-4.
Purdy then beat East Newton, 9-7. The Eagles supported Reese Stevenson with runs early and fought off the Patriots' rallies in the fifth and seventh innings.
Purdy goes to 12-7 on the season.