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Monett Cubs baseball picks up two wins over the weekend

Monday, May 2, 2011

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Special delivery. Carlin Ballay, a senior for Monett, throws a pitch during the Cubs 8-7 victory over Republic on Friday. Marcus McCaffery prepares for a bunt attempt by the Tigers' batter. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monet Cubs baseball team (12-5, 4-1) picked up two needed wins over the weekend.

On Friday, the Cubs scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to shock the Republic Tigers 8-7.

"We started real slow tonight," said Monett Head Coach Michael Calhoun. "Mental errors nearly cost us this game, but credit the boys with pulling out the win."

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Heading home. Monett's Marcus Enloe scores a run in Saturday's 10-5 victory over Aurora. The Cubs begin a very busy week playing four games in five days. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Republic fell to 2-15 on the season.

"Their record is very deceiving," explained Calhoun. "They start four freshman, nine of their losses have been by one run and seven of those losses came in the opposing team's last at-bat. The Tigers are going to be strong for years to come."

Republic wasted little time putting Monett in a 5-0 hole to start the game and increased the advantage to 7-0 with two more runs in the fourth.

Monett would scratch out two runs in the bottom half of the fourth and clawed out another in the sixth before roaring to a five-run seventh inning.

Nicky Roberts and Colten Phillips opened the seventh with walks. Doug Aldridge singled to score Roberts. Phillips was picked off at third.

With two outs, the next three Cubs' batters would all do damage with at least two-strike counts.

Marcus Enloe struck out, which should have ended the game, but the Republic catcher dropped the ball, allowing a speedy Enloe to reach first base safely. Jake Smith would walk to load the bases, and Andy Hagedorn drew Monett's fourth base-on-balls of the inning to score Aldridge. Enloe and Smith scored on a Jesse Bremer single. With runners at the corners, Monett's Marcus McCaffrey hit a bloop single to left field to score the winning run.

"We have the potential to be a very good team," said Calhoun. "We can't rely on last-at-bat comebacks."

Aurora

On Saturday, the Cubs handed a 10-5 loss to Aurora.

The Cubs scored two runs in the third, six more in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.

Sophomore Aaron Patton picked up the win for the Cubs.

"I thought our plate discipline was a lot better today," said Calhoun. "We made their pitcher throw lots of pitches and we capitalized on their mistakes. I am proud of the boys."

Smith went three for five with four RBI for Monett.

The Cubs are scheduled to play today at Purdy. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.



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