"Obviously, (it was) not the way that we wanted our season to conclude," said Monett Coach Michael Calhoun. "I'm proud to have coached these seniors for three years. They have meant a lot to our program. They will be missed."
Mt. Vernon's Cody Lee proved to be a thorn in the Cubs' side all night long. Lee hit a three run double to key the Mountaineers' four-run first inning. Lee also picked up the victory on the mound for Mt. Vernon. He scattered two hits over seven innings, allowed no earned runs and struck out four.
Monett scratched out single runs in the third and fourth innings, taking advantage of Mountaineer errors.
"We worked hard all season long to get to this game," said Calhoun. "Right now, we have to start to focus on next season. Pitching will be a strength for this team next year. We will need some of our younger guys to step up and fill some big roles."
Monett finished the season 16-8 and second in the Big 8 Conference.
On Monday, Monett defeated Reeds Spring 11-4 to advance to the district championship game.
Monett scored seven times in the bottom of the second inning, keyed by a Doug Aldridge three-run double.
"Scoring early really helps a team," said Calhoun. "You change a team's mindset when you put them in an early hole. We saw the ball well and ran the bases well."
The Cubs added single runs in the third and fourth innings and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"We made some errors in the field, but nothing that can't be corrected," said Calhoun. "We need to focus on executing the small things."