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Cubs shake off rust, top Patriots

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Monett Cubs baseball team (10-5, 3-1) played their first game in nearly two weeks because of weather on Thursday night. Monett pulled out a 9-5 victory over East Newton.

The Cubs put themselves in an early 3-0 hole before they began to claw their way back.

"I told Marcus (McCaffery) that no one was hurt after the first inning," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "I thought he did a good of settling down and throwing strikes the rest of the game. We were a little rusty, but having almost two weeks off will do that to a team."

Monett began its comeback by plating single runs in the third and fourth innings.

The Cubs would take the lead with three runs in the fifth.

Cooper Caldwell led off the fifth with a single and then he moved to second on a Patriot throwing error. Colten Phillips then drove Caldwell in on a RBI triple. Doug Aldridge scored Phillips with a single. Aldridge would score on a two-out single by Jake Smith.

East Newton rallied with a run in the bottom of the fifth to keep the pressure on Monett.

The teams traded runs in the sixth inning.Leading 6-5 to start the seventh inning, the Cubs were looking for some insurance runs. Their search would not be in vain.

With one out Marcus Enloe got hit by a pitch, and Smith walked. Bremer hit a RBI single with two outs to score Enloe. A throwing error on a ball hit by McCaffrey allowed Smith and Bremer to score for the final tally.

"It took us awhile to get our timng back," said Calhoun. "East Newton is a very scrappy team. We made plays when we had to."

Bremer finished the game two for four with a RBI and two runs scored. Caldwell went one for two with a RBI and two runs scored.

Monett will be in action today hosting Republic. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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