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Soriano's triple helps lift Monett over Seneca

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Getting on base. Kelsey Wiseman puts the ball in play for Monett during the sixth inning of Monett's 3-2 win over Seneca. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
For four innings yesterday afternoon, the Monett Lady Cubs softball team looked frustrated and were kept at bay by a young Seneca Lady Indian squad.

Monett rallied with a run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to pick up a 3-2 win over the Lady Indians

Seneca pushed single runs across the plate in the first two innings and allowed only three Monett batters to reach base in the first four innings.

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One, two, three. Monett junior Raigan Ratliff worked a perfect seventh inning to preserve the Lady Cubs' 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Seneca on Tuesday. Ratliff struck out five Lady Indian batters. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Lady Cubs collected their first hit when Brooke Madison singled to start the fifth inning. Madison promptly stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Brooke Burnside hit a slow roller to the shortstop, which allowed Madison to score and cut the Seneca lead in half.

"Credit our girls for making the adjustment at the plate and finding a way to put the ball in play," said Monett head coach Ty Goetz. "We could have hung our head and given up but we kept fighting."

Goetz huddled his team before their at bat in the sixth and told the girls that they were in a good spot with the top of the order coming up and to just relax and have fun.

With one out, sisters Allie and Josee Krueger each drew a walk. Kelsey Wiseman hit a drive toward second base that caused an out when Allie Krueger interfered with the Seneca's fielder for the inning's second out.

Andrea Soriano came to the plate and Kendall Bounous was substituted into the game to pinch run for Wiseman.

On a one-ball, one-strike count, Josee Krueger and Bounous quickly moved up 60 feet to second and third, on a double steal.

Soriano swung and missed on the next pitch to make the count one ball and two strikes. She would not miss the next pitch.

The one-two offering was a high fastball that Soriano rocketed to the gap in left center field. The ball hit the ground and rolled to the fence. Josee Krueger and Bounous scored easily, and when the dust settled, Soriano was standing on third base.

"It was a big hit," said Goetz. "I think we are a better team than what we have shown this season. I am proud that we keep battling back in these games. We just need to learn to start faster."

Raigan Ratliff earned the victory for the Lady Cubs. She pitched seven innings and struck out five batters.

Nevada

On Monday, Monett fell 8-1 to defending state champion Nevada.

The Lady Tigers scored three times in the first inning, twice in the third inning and three more times in the sixth.

Monett's lone run came in the fifth inning when Madison led off with a walk and stole second. Burnside reached on error, scoring Madison.

Ratliff had a double for Monett,Wiseman and Madison collected a single apiece.

"Obviously, Nevada is very good, having won the state title last year," said Goetz. "We didn't have a good day at the plate, and we weren't very disciplined either. We need to learn from this game and improve. Nevada is the type of team we will have to compete with in the playoffs."

In junior varsity action Monett prevailed 5-2.

Haylee Morris had three hits. Cassidy Franke and Amber Parke each collected two hits. Breanna Kelley, Allie Krueger and Abby Krueger had one hit apiece.

The Lady Cubs will be in action on Thursday at Wheaton. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.



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