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Monett softball defeats Aurora

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Two days after playing an exhausting 10-inning game, the Monett Lady Cubs softball team took the field Thursday night to play the rival Aurora Lady Houn' Dawgs.

"We wanted to get the taste of Tuesday's bitter defeat out of our mouth," said Monett Head Coach Ty Goetz.

His team felt the same way. Monett won 5-1.

"It wasn't pretty, but we will take it," Goetz said. "Paige Marney was able to work herself out of a couple of jams. She pitched a great game."

In the top of the first Aurora put runners on second and third with no outs. Marney would strike out the next two batters and then get a fly ball to get out of the inning with no damage done.

In the bottom of the first, Monett's Raigan Ratliff led off with a stand-up triple and scored on a passed ball. Jessica Harper drew a walk, stole second and was also able to score on a passed ball.

"Momentum in softball is huge," Goetz said. "Holding Aurora in the first and then plating two in our half really set the tone for the game."

In the fourth Marney would find herself in a jam. With the bases loaded and one out, Marney went to work. She got the next two Lady Houn' Dawg batters to hit harmless fly ball to the shortstop to end the threat.

The Lady Cubs would add two insurance runs in the bottom half of the fourth. However, the pesky Lady Houn' Dawgs would mount one more attack.

Aurora loaded the bases in the sixth inning with one out. The next Lady Houn' Dawg batter hit a line drive which Marney snagged. She quickly turned and fired to third base for the double play.

Marney got the win. She pitched seven innings, allowed nin hits and struck out eight.

Katie Upchurch had two RBIs, and Kelsey Wiseman added two hits.

"I thought our girls responded well," Goetz added. "We were able to get good production out of our bottom half of the line-up. Once we settled in, I thought we played well."

Monett will play today at 10 a.m. against Eldorado Springs and again at 12 p.m. against Hillcrest, both game are in Springfield. Monett is now 4-1 in Big 8 conference play.



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