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Monett Cubs rout Everton on Senior Night

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A winning group. Seven Monett seniors were recognized before the start of Tuesday's game against Everton. The current senior class has won 56 varsity games in their four-year tenure, more than any other group that has played at Monett High School. Above, from left, are: Marcus McCaffrey, Doug Aldridge, Jesse Bremer, Coach Michael Calhoun, Marcus Enloe, Andy Hagedorn, Colten Phillips and Jake Smith. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
For three weeks, Michael Calhoun Monett head baseball coach, has been preaching to his team about the need to start each game focused and fast.

Before the contest on Tuesday, he added one more caveat to that list -- "have fun."

The baseball Cubs responded by scoring 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning as they beat Everton 17-1 on Tuesday night at North Park.

Swing and a miss. An Everton batter strikes out as catcher Jake Smith secures the ball during the first inning of the Monett Cubs' 17-1 victory on Tuesday at North Park. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"We played our most complete game of the season tonight," said Calhoun. "We came out focused and ready to play. We really needed a game like this to ready the team for the district playoff push."

Monett's big first inning began when Colten Phillips drew a lead-off walk. Doug Aldridge doubled to score Phillips. Jake Smith then hit a single to score Aldridge. Andy Hagedorn singled to score Kuran Blamey, who was a courtesy runner for Smith. Jesse Bremer hit an RBI double to score Hagedorn.

Marcus McCaffrey continued the hit parade with a double to score Hagedorn. Nicky Roberts walked and Cooper Caldwell reached on an error. McCaffrey scored on the error.

Hitting through the line up for the second time in the inning, Phillips drew another walk. Aldridge hit a sacrifice fly to score Roberts. Enloe reached on an error that allowed Caldwell to score. Smith then hit a double to score Phillips and Enloe.

Hagedorn walked, and Bremer hit an RBI single to score Hagedorn. An error on a McCaffrey fly ball allowed Hagedorn to score the final run of the inning.

The Cubs added a single run in the second and third innings and three runs in the fourth to complete the scoring.

Aaron Patton picked up the victory for the Cubs on the mound. McCaffrey finished the game three for four with two doubles and four RBI.

Monett also honored its senior baseball players before the start of the contest.

"This group of seniors has played in two straight district championship games," said Calhoun. "They have won 56 games over the last four years. The 56 wins in four years is the most ever by a group of baseball players at Monett. I want to thank these seniors for everything they have given to this program for the last four years. They will be greatly missed."

The Cubs will host Logan-Rogersville on Thursday. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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