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Ferguson's gem leads Sports World past Monett

Friday, June 25, 2010

In a battle of pitchers, game one of last night's Legion doubleheader in Monett belonged to the visitors. Sports World pitcher Tyler Ferguson, at left, dominated the mound in the 10-3 win over Monett. Andy Hagedorn, batting above, was unstoppable pitching for the first four innings. Hagedorn popped up this pitch for an easy out. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
If baseball history has taught us anything, it's that a dominant pitcher can turn even a cellar dweller into a contender for a day. While no one would paint the Sports World club as a cellar dweller, Tyler Ferguson certainly fir the description of "dominant" in his performance at Monett on Thursday night.

Ferguson allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, but then blanked the Post 91 batters over the next five consecutive frames. An eight-run uprising by the sportsters in the top of the fifth gave Ferguson all the support he needed, as Sports World bested Monett's American Legion team, 10-3 in a seven-inning contest.
For four innings, Monett's Andy Hagedorn seemed destined for a "W." The Post 91 righthander shut out the visitors for four frames, allowing only two hits and two walks while baffling the Sports World hitters.

Post 91 scored its two runs on an RBI single by Colby Brown, and an RBI triple by Jesse Bremer. A run was wasted when Mason Wittman was thrown out stealing just before the Monett hit parade.

Cruising along with a 2-0 lead, Hagedorn ran into serious trouble in the fifth.
After walking the leadoff hitter, Jordan Savage, Hagedorn collected himself and notched two quick outs. Jakob Beck laid down a sac bunt to move Savage to second base, and then Hagedorn fanned Riley Veith. The next 10 Sports World batters reached base by walk, hit or error, and the visitors claimed a shocking 8-2 lead.
Cody Hall, Ferguson and Beck all contributed RBI hits during the two-out rally, and Wittman came on to pitch in Hagedorn's stead with the bases loaded. The submariner coaxed a groundout from Reese Stevenson to stop the bleeding, but the 8-2 carnage was past saving.
Ferguson blanked the Monett batters in the fifth and again in the sixth, retiring the side on just seven pitches in the latter. RBI singles from Jake Shrum and Kyle Robbins helped Sports World extend its lead to 10-2 after six innings.
Jared Barchak came on for Post 91 in the top of the seventh, and the fireballer struck out the side in impressive fashion. But it was much like the fire department that arrived just in time to save the foundation: too little, too late.
Although the Monett club scratched a run across in the bottom of the seventh, it was Sports World that claimed the 10-3 victory. Ferguson pitched all seven innings and earned the victory. He allowed only 3 runs on five hits and three walks. The Sports World defense played a stellar game, completing the seven-inning contest without an error.
Monett turned the tables on Sports World and won the five-inning late game, 13-1.
Both teams will compete in the annual Marcus O' Hara Monett Wood Bat Tournament starting Friday evening at Monett.

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