At the end of regular season play in Monett, an all-star team was picked. Team members include Kendall Bounous, Brooke Burnside, Shelbie Henson, Abby Krueger, Allie Krueger, Brooke Madison, Haylee Morris, Ashton Ratliff, Taylor Rhea and Karissa Wiseman. The squad is coached by Kirby Krueger, Lori Madison and Ed Rhea.
"These girls have been practicing and working, looking ahead to where they could possibly go," said Coach Krueger.
|The team began its journey in Branson with a USSSA tournament to gear up for their upcoming tournaments. They were able to stay on the top of the bracket and pull out a win against an Oklahoma team in the finals to take first place. Monett outscored their opponents 42-6 over five games.|
|"The team came home and went back to work on things they felt they needed to improve on," Krueger said.|
The next step was the Babe Ruth state tournament in Chaffee. Again, Monett managed to stay on the winning side and went 4-0 to bring the state championship back to Monett. Playing solid defense and having the whole line up hitting the ball, the Monett girls were able to outscore their opponents 37-2 in those four games.
|Happy with their performance, but still wanting more, the girls didn't let up on their practice schedule, knowing they would face tougher competition the next weekend in Newton, Kan., where they would compete in the Babe Ruth Midwest Plains regional tournament.|
The Monett girls faced teams from Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and Missouri. Once again, Monett stayed on the winning side of things and went 4-0, scoring 31 and only allowing three runs to bring the regional title to Monett.
|In the regional championship game, Monett continued to put solid defense on the field and runs on the board. Striking out 13 batters over six innings, Monett was able to post a one-hit shutout to beat Douglas County, Colo., in the championship game.|
At the conclusion of that game, the team from Monett had the Midwest Plains Regional Champion plaque, several individual awards and an invitation to compete in the World Series in Alachua, Fla., against the seven other Babe Ruth regional winners and two host teams from Florida.
|The 12-and-under Babe Ruth World Series will take place in Florida from Aug. 7-14. Each team will play four pool play games from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams from each pool will then advance to a double elimination bracket beginning on Wednesday and concluding with the championship game on Saturday, Aug. 14.|
"Knowing they will see some incredible competition, the Monett team is stepping up their work and hopes to make a strong showing in World Series play," Krueger said.
|As the girls continue to reach for their goals, the Monett Youth Baseball & Softball League will gladly accept any donations to offset expenses. Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, can do so throught the MYBSL.|
For more information about donating, contact Kirby Krueger at 737-4590, Lori Madison at 236-5222 or Ed Rhea at 489-0395.