The Monett Lady Cubs softball team finished sixth in the Hillcrest tournament. The 24-team field was a nice change of pace for the Lady Cubs.
"It's nice to play some different competition," said Monett Head Coach Ty Goetz. "We finished 3-2 in the tournament. I felt we still played well."
Monett started the tournament beating El Dorado Springs 18-1.
Raigan Ratliff got the win. She pitched three innings, allowed one run on two hits and struck out three.
|Andrea Soriano, who went three for three with three doubles, led the Lady Cubs' offense. Ratliff helped herself by going two for four with two RBIs. Josee Kruger was two for three with two doubles. Kelsey Wiseman went three for three with three RBIs.||Paige Marney was a perfect three for three with two RBIs. Avery Bounous went two for three with three RBIs and a home run. Logan Swope went two for three, and Katie Upchurch finished three for three with two RBIs.|
Monett's next opponent was host Hillcrest. The Lady Cubs would claim a 8-4 victory.
Ratliff again got the win. She pitched seven innings, allowed eight hits and struck out three.
Krueger helped supply some of the Lady Cubs' offense, going two for four with three RBIs and a homerun. Ratliff was three for four with two runs scored and two RBIs.
"We hit the ball extremely well in the first two games." Goetz said. "Hitting is contagious. One girl gets a hit, then the next batter gets a hit and next thing you know you have plated three or four runs."
Monett would fall to Edmond North (Okla.) 12-2.
"Edmond is the number one ranked team in Oklahoma Class 6," Goetz said. "After playing them, it is easy to understand why. They are without question the best team we have faced all year."
Monett would rebound and beat Purdy 8-4 on Saturday morning.
Marney got the win, pitching seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight.
Ratliff went three for four at the plate with two runs scored. Marney helped her cause, going one for four with three RBIs. Soriano went two for three with two runs scored.
That win catapulted the Lady Cubs into the fifth place game against Strafford, where they fell 5-3.
"Of course, we wanted to end on a better note," Goetz said. "But, we had a good weekend in a very good tournament. Against Strafford, we left too many runners on (11), so we have to do a better job of executing on offense. Our girls will learn from this as we make our push toward a district championship."
Monett will host McDonald County on Tuesday night.