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Patton's strong outing helps Cubs to victory

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rock and fire. Aaron Patton won his second game of the season for Monett on Friday. The Cubs downed Ash Grove 8-2. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs (2-1) picked up an 8-2 victory over the Ash Grove Pirates Friday afternoon.

Aaron Patton (2-0) picked up the win for the Cubs on the mound, throwing seven innings and striking out eight.

"Aaron didn't look like a sophomore on the mound today," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "He has worked hard and earned this start. It's important for him to gain confidence early in the season."

Making it look easy. Nicky Roberts, left, tosses the ball over to teammate Marcus McCaffrey to get an out during the Cubs' victory over Ash Grove on Friday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett scored twice in the first inning. With one out Doug Aldridge got on base by an Ash Grove error then a pitch hit Marcus Enloe. The next batter, Jake Smith, knocked them both in with a double.

The Cubs would score another run in the second and blew the game open in the sixth.

Enloe led off the sixth with a walk and promply stole second. He scored on an Andy Hagedorn single. Hagedorn then stole second and scored on an error.

Jesse Bremer and Nicky Roberts both reached on Pirate errors. Bremer scored on a throwing error by the catcher, and Roberts scored on a Colten Phillip's single. Phillps completed the Cubs' scoring when Aldridge doubled him home.

"After giving up over 20 runs in our last two ballgames, it was nice to see we only allowed two today," said Calhoun. "We need to focus on doing the little things right. Once you correct the little thing the big things, correct themselves."

The Cubs host Springfield Catholic today. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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