"It hurts," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "You always want to win, but you learn from your mistakes and you get better."
Monett started strong, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The Indians rallied with three runs in the bottom of the first and second to build a 6-3 lead.
"I was proud of the way our boys kept battling," said Calhoun. "We could have folded, but we were determined to come back. We just fell short."
Monett tied the game in the sixth and held Seneca scoreless in the seventh to force extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Cubs punched three runs across the plate.
Jesse Bremer's triple scored two runs for the Cubs to highlight the inning.
Seneca was able to load the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning and used three clutch hits to secure the victory.
"It should make us hungry to win," said Calhoun. "We have some things we need to work on. We feel like we let one slip away today. No excuses."
Monett vs. East Newton
Monett defeated East Newton 7-5 Saturday morning in the Monett Invitational Tournament.
"We played alright," said Calhoun. "It's hard to get mentally focused for a 10 a.m. start, but our boys did a good job of making plays when we had to."
Monett's Aaron Patton picked up his third win in as many tries.
"Aaron's pitching has been a pleasant surprise," added Calhoun. "I knew he would throw some innings for us this year but hadn't counted on him being this good early on. He definitely has made the most of his opportunities."
Monett scored single runs in the first, second and third innings, but East Newton answered with three runs in the bottom of the third.
"We need to learn to finish teams off," said Calhoun. "When you build a three-run-lead, you can't give it back all at once."
|Monett's Marcus McCaffrey led off the fourth inning with a walk and scored on Tyler Green's sacrifice.||With two outs, Colten Phillips doubled and Doug Aldridge was hit by a pitch. The runners scored on Marcus Enloe's double. Enloe then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 7-3.|
Enloe would pick up the save in the seventh inning.
Monett vs. Purdy
On Friday, Monett downed Purdy 6-0 to open play in the Monett Invitational Tournament.
"Purdy is a good team," said Calhoun. "I have a lot of respect for their program and Coach Hughes. We went out and competed really hard and made plays to win the game. That is what good teams have to do to win."
Monett took a 2-0 lead on Andy Hagedorn's two-run- home run in the bottom of the second.
Purdy would threaten to score in every inning but could not get the clutch hit.
"We couldn't get the big hit today," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "We pitched well enough to win, but you can't strand 10 runners and expect to win very many games."
McCaffrey earned the win for the Cubs.
Purdy vs. East Newton
On Saturday, Purdy defeated East Newton 10-6 at Monett's North Park.
Purdy scored one run in the second inning and three runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
"Kevin Miller pitched extremely well for us," said Hughes. "I would like to see our bats come alive earlier in games. Scoring nine runs in the last three innings was a positive development."
Riley Veith was three for four with two RBI's for the Eagles.
Purdy vs. Seneca
The Purdy Eagles fell 7-6 to the Seneca Indians on Saturday in the Monett Invitational Tournament.
Purdy scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead, only to see the Indians score twice in the bottom half of the inning to win the game.
"We issued walks to Seneca batters in each of the first four innings," said Hughes. "Every one of those runners scored. You can't do things like that and expect to win. I was proud how we came back. This is a tough group of kids."
Reese Stevenson was three for four at the plate with two runs scored.
"We are still struggling a little at the plate," said Hughes. "The only thing that is going to fix it is seeing live pitching and to keep playing."
Purdy will be in action today hosting College Heights. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.
Monett travels to Carthage on Tuesday. First pitch is at 7 p.m.