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Seventh inning rally lifts Cubs past Wildcats

Monday, April 18, 2011

Throwing heat. Monett ace Marcus McCaffrey throws out the first pitch of Saturday's 7-6 victory over Cassville. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"Believe" has been the motto of the Monett Cubs baseball team all season long, and on Saturday night, the Cubs (9-5, 2-1) put their motto in action beating rival Cassville 7-6 at Hammons Field in Springfield.

"The boys just kept working," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "We hit the ball hard all night long. We just needed to catch a break."

Cassville put the Cubs in an early hole, scoring three runs in their first at bat.

Leading the hit parade. Monett's Jake Smith hits an RBI single during the first inning of the Cubs' come-from-behind win over Cassville on Saturday. Smith finished the game with two RBIs. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"We were tight to start the game," said Cubs' starting pitcher Marcus McCaffery. "Cassville put the bat on the ball. I told myself to just focus and to try to start working ahead in the count."

Monett responded with one run in the bottom of the first with some clutch hitting. With two outs, Marcus Enloe tripled and scored on a Jake Smith single.

The Wildcats added to their lead with a run in the top of the third. Monett roared back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to trim Cassville's advantage to 4-3.

The two rivals traded runs in the fifth inning. Cassville appeared to have a cushion when they added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Monett, however, had the last at bat.

Trailing 6-4 to begin the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cubs started to believe they could win the game

Monett's Doug Aldridge singled with one out to begin the Cubs rally. With two outs, Aldridge moved to third on a Smith single. Monett inserted Tyler Green to run for Smith.

Andy Hagedorn was the Cubs next batter, and he promptly hit a single to score Aldridge. Green moved to third on the play and Hagedorn took second when the throw from the outfield went to third.

Jesse Bremer stepped to the plate and with two strikes-against him Bremer hit an opposite field drive to score Green and Hagedorn and win the game.

"We just kept battling all night long," said Bremer. "I was trying to put the ball in play, and I found a hole in the defense. It's always a good feeling to win, but when your beat your rival in this type of special setting, oh it's awesome."

"Cassville is a quality team," said Calhoun. "We knew we were going to get their best shot. We respect their program, and there is a good chance we will see them in district play. For us right now, we have to keep building off this win and keep going forward."

Smith and Bremer both finished the game three for four with two RBIs.

Monett will be in action on Thursday hosting Carl Junction. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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