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Enloe's home run helps Monett Cubs win

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The boys of spring. The Monett baseball team is off to a strong start this season, largely in part to its senior leadership. The 2011 baseball seniors, pictured from left, are: Jake Smith, Marcus Enloe, Marcus McCaffrey, Colten Phillips, Jesse Bremer, Doug Aldridge and Andy Hagedorn. [Photo by Robin Brodie]
The Monett Cubs baseball team (3-1) picked up a 7-6 victory over Springfield Catholic on Monday afternoon at North Park.

Trailing 6-5 and in their last at bat, Marcus Enloe led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to tie the game.

"When the count went to 3-1, I knew that I would get a pitch to hit," said Enloe. "I made an adjustment and was just trying to drive the ball. I guess I hit it pretty good."

With two outs in the seventh Monett's Jesse Bremer singled and stole second. Marcus McCaffrey then hit a slow roller to third, which allowed Bremer to score the winning run on a throwing error.

"The boys just kept battling," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "Despite committing four errors, we played our best game of the season. We demonstrated the mental toughness needed to win big games. I can't tell you how happy I am with the effort the boys played with today."

Monett jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Fighting Irish rallied with three runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.

"I know that my teammates are going to play solid defense behind me," said McCaffrey. "This was a good team win. You can get too low mentally when you fall behind. You tell yourself and your teammates to keep fighting."

Monett would tie the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning before allowing a run in the top of the seventh.

"This win gives us a lot of confidence," said Enloe. "We proved that if we stick together we can win. You just got to trust and believe you can."

Colten Phillips went three for four from the plate with three stolen bases. Enloe finished with two hits and two runs scored. Bremer was three for four with two RBIs. McCaffery pitched seven innings and struck out five.

The Cubs will be in action on Friday against Purdy in the Monett Invitational. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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