On Tuesday, the Cubs (1-1) held on for a wild 13-11 over the McDonald County Mustangs in extremely windy conditions.
"I am proud of the boys today," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "It wasn't our best effort on the mound, but we kept battling and came out on top."
"I think the wind conditions played a factor," said Calhoun. "There were some bloop hits that would have normally been caught. Some doubles and triples that only happened because the ball was being pushed hard.
"You are always going to have some problems your first time on the mound," explained Calhoun. "It doesn't matter how many bullpen sessions you throw or simulated games you pitch, nothing can fully prepare you for the rigors of the season except throwing actual innings."
McDonald County drew first blood plating one run in the top of the first. The Cubs countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning only to see the Mustangs score three more times in the top of the second.
Monett added two run in the bottom of the second and plated four runs in the third inning to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
McDonald County wouldn't quit. The Mustangs scored four runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth innings to take a 10-9 lead.
Monett would rally in the bottom of the fifth for four runs.
Colton Phillips led off with a single and stole second base. With one out, Marcus Enloe reached base on an error allowing Phillips to score, Jake Smith reached on a fielder's choice with Enloe being thrown out at second, with two outs, Andy Hagedorn hit an RBI triple scoring Smith. Jesse Bremer scored Hagedorn on a RBI single then he stole second and scored on a passed ball.
Aaron Patton picked up the win for the Cubs and Enloe earned the save.
"Patton took the hill and pitched his first varsity innings today," added Calhoun. "He pitched two and one-third innings and I thought he did a great job today in relief. We are looking for big things to come from the freshman."
The Monett Cubs dropped their season opener 12-9 to a talented Parkview Vikings squad from Springfield.
Parkview scored seven runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth to put the Cubs in a 9-0 hole.
"I think we had some opening day jitters," said Calhoun. "I would have like to see our offense become more productive earlier in the game, but the season is young and Parkview is a quality team."
Monett would not go away quietly scoring three runs in the bottom half of the fifth and two runs in the sixth innings.
The Cubs made a lot of noise in their last at bat.
Enloe led off with a single and then stole second the next batter Smith got hit by a pitch. Hagedorn came to the plate and promtly hit a RBI single to score Enloe.
Bremer hit an RBI double scoring Smith, Marcus McCaffrey walked to load the bases. Nicky Roberts then hit a slow roller to third reaching safely on an error, scoring Hagedorn. Bremer would score on a wild pitch.
"Our rally came up short," said Calhoun. "On the bright side, we didn't commit any errors and our team showed a lot of heart. I think if we relax we could have a very good season."
The Cubs will be in action Friday at Ash Grove. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.