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Gutsy call leads to Lady Cubs win

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Stolen base. Allie Krueger, a freshman at Monett, steals second base during the fourth inning of Monett's 4-3 victory over Lamar on Tuesday. The Lady Cubs improved to 2-0 in Big 8 Conference play. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Tied at three, in the bottom of the seventh, and with two outs, Monett head coach Ty Goetz told Kendall Bounous to try to steal home. It was a calculated risk, but one that paved the way for the Lady Cubs' 4-3 win over Lamar on Tuesday.

"I felt it was worth a try," said Goetz. "We had two unsuccessful bunts with the previous two batters, and I knew at worst we would go to the eighth inning."

Monett (6-1, 2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Josee Krueger drove in her sister Allie with a RBI triple with two outs.

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Hit this. Raigan Ratliff throws a pitch in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Lamar. Ratliff struck out seven Lady Tigers in seven innings of work. [Times Photo By Jared Lankford]
The Lady Cubs tacked on an insurance run in the fifth and appeared to be in complete control heading into the top of the seventh inning.

Lamar strung together four hits and scored three unearned runs to take a 3-2 lead.

The young Lady Cubs would not fade or wilt under the pressure.

Josee Krueger led off the bottom of the seventh with another triple.

"I just kept telling myself that 'I gotta get this inning started'" said Josee. "My plan at the plate was to find a gap in the defense and hit it hard."

Josee Krueger eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Kelsey Wiseman singled to right field and was lifted for Bounous, who was sent in to pinch run. Bounous moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on Abby Krueger's slap bunt single.

Monett had runners on second and third with no outs. Two attempts to squeeze in the winning run failed when Brooke Madison struck out and Brooke Burnside was called out for fielding interference.

Jessica Harper stepped to the plate, and with one strike, Goetz decided to send Bounous.

Bounous broke for home on a 0-1 count, and the Lamar catcher threw the ball to third to get Bounous in a rundown. The relay throw home sailed just wide of the catcher's glove and scooted to the left, allowing the winning run to cross the plate.

"We took a chance, and it paid off," said Goetz. "We found a way to win and that is what good teams do. We need to settle down and focus on hitting. The girls came through in the clutch."

Monett will be in action on Thursday at Southwest. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.



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