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Monett Post 91 splits doubleheader

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

After absorbing an 11-1 loss in the first game of an American Legion doubleheader against Cassville's Post 118 on Tuesday night, Monett's Post 91 team rebounded to claim a 4-2 victory in the second contest. The Cassville Legion team lost for only the third time this summer, and it was their first loss to a Missouri team in 2010.

Wheaton native James Musick blanked Monett for five innings as Post 118 strolled to the 11-1 victory in the opener. There were no monster scoring outbursts, just a steady accumulation of runs. The Cassville crew scored three in the first inning, two in the third and three more in the fourth to open an 8-0 lead.
Andy Hagedorn doubled to start the sixth inning for Monett and scored on an RBI sac grounder from Colby Brown in a nifty hit-and-run conversion. Cassville scored again in the top of the seventh to make it 11-1, but Hagedorn's score at least averted a shutout.
With the lights on to start the second contest, Monett's Mason Wittman took the hill against the potent Cassville offensive machine. Travis Northern drew a first-inning two-out walk from Wittman, but the lefty struck out Evan Stubblefield to end the top of the first.
Stubblefield took the mound for Cassville to try and duplicate Musick's success. Instead, Monett roughed him up for a pair of first-inning runs and wasted another when Wittman was caught in a rundown between third base and home for the first Monett out of the inning.
Post 91 scored two runs on two hits, an error and a walk in taking the early lead.
Monett scored runs in both the second and third innings to extend the lead to 4-0. Wittman's RBI double plated Garron Cantrell in the second, and then Monett scored a run on three errors and three walks in the third.
After holding Cassville scoreless for three innings, Wittman hit a bumpy stretch in the fourth and allowed a pair of runs to Post 118. Josh Hartin doubled and scored on Kyle Rhea's RBI single. Rhea crossed the plate on Colton Beck's RBI sac grounder to cut the lead to 4-2.
Trevor Tanner relieved Stubblefield in the bottom of the fourth inning, and he held Monett scoreless in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth and final inning of the twilight game, Tanner drew a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate. But Ricky Vanderpool's long fly ball was just a routine out in left field, and then Wittman struck out Northern on a full count fastball to earn the complete game victory.

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