"It wasn't pretty," said Monett Coach Michael Calhoun. "We made enough plays at critical times to get the win."
Monett improved to 16-7 on the season. The 16 wins ties the school record for victories in a season.
|Colten Phillips led off the first, with a single. He then stole second base, one of eight for the Cubs on the afternoon.||With one out, Phillips scored on Marcus Enloe's single. Jake Smith hit a single to score Enloe. With two outs, Jesse Bremer hit an RBI single to score Kuran Blamey who was in the game as a courtesy runner for Smith. Marcus McCaffrey continued his hot hitting streak with a single to score Bremer.|
Lamar would not go away quietly. The Tigers roared back with two runs in the top of the second.
Monett would counter with two runs in the bottom of the second to establish a 6-2 cushion.
The Tigers scratched out two runs in the top of the third before Monett shut them down.
The Cubs added two runs in the third inning and single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Aaron Patton picked up the win for the Cubs on the mound and struck out 10 Lamar batters. Patton, a sophomore, improved to 8-1 on the mound this year and tied A.J. Terry's 2001 record for most victories in a season.
"Aaron continues to play at a high level," said Calhoun. "He left the ball up in the zone a couple of times, but outside of that, he settled down and pitched a good game."
In other District 12 action, fifth-seeded Reeds Spring upset fourth-seeded Seneca 8-0. The second-seeded Cassville Wildcats handled East Newton 15-5, and third-seeded Mt. Vernon downed Aurora 5-0.
McCaffrey will take the mound today for the Cubs against Reeds Spring. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
Cassville will face Mt. Vernon in the other distrcit semi-finals.
First pitch for the Wildcats and Mountaineers is slated for 7:30 p.m. or thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.