The Monett Lady Cubs softball team defeated Reeds Spring 1-0 behind another sensational pitching performance by Allie Krueger.
Krueger allowed one hit and struck out 12 in the victory. She has 25 strikeouts in her last two starts for the Lady Cubs.
"Offensively, we have to start being more consistent," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "Going into districts, if we have an off game at the plate, it could be the end. We need to improve in that area. I thought Allie threw a great game today. She has been very solid her last three starts."
Monett scored the game's only run in the fifth inning when Krueger reached on an error and promptly stole second. Brooke Madison walked, and Cassidy Franke's bunt single scored Krueger.
In junior varsity action, Monett won 10-4.
Breanna Kelley, Abby Krueger and Brooke Madison had a hit apiece, and Bonnie Upchurch had two runs scored.
Kendall Bounous was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Cubs competed in the Carthage Lady Tigers Classic last weekend.
On Friday, Monett fell 6-2 to Chillicothe.
Josee Krueger went one for three with a run scored. Andrea Soriano finished two for three with a double and a stolen base. Kelsey Wiseman and Allie Krueger added an RBI apiece.
Monett fell to Ft. Osage 4-2 in the second game of the tournament.
Raigan Ratliff was one for three with a double. Allie Krueger went two for three at the plate with a double and a run scored. Josee Krueger and Madison collected an RBI each.
On Saturday, Monett defeated Seneca 11-0.
Ratliff picked up two hits in three tries with two doubles. Abby Krueger was two for three with two runs scored. Josee Krueger finished three for five at the plate with five RBI. Soriano, Wiseman, Harper and Madison each added an RBI.
In the final game of the tournament, Monett fell 6-2 to Neosho.
Josee Krueger went two for three with a home run and an RBI.
"We got to see some good competition this weekend," said Goetzs. "I was disappointed with our effort on Friday night. We did a good job against Seneca of hitting the ball hard. If we had that type of effort all weekend, the results would have been different. Hopefully it was good for us going into districts."
Monett opens district play on Thursday as the second seed playing the winner of the East Newton-Seneca game.
Editor's note: The complete district bracket can be found ay www.monett-times.com.