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Monett Cubs takes third in annual tournament

Monday, April 2, 2012

Turning two. Jarred Witt, a senior at Monett, relays a throw to first base while avoiding a Seneca runner's attempt to break up the double play Saturday in the Monett Tournament. The Cubs begin action in the Carthage Tournament tonight against Mt. Vernon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
By Jared Lankford

The Monett Cubs baseball team learned a lot from their three-game stretch in the Monett Tournament this weekend.

The Cubs (1-5) took third place in the four-team event.

"I was proud of my young team this weekend," said Monett coach Michael Calhoun. "We have improved from game one to game six. In a young team that is what you want to see."

The Cubs opened the tournament on Friday, falling 10-0 to Purdy.

The Cubs struggled to string together hits against Purdy's ace and St. Mary's University signee Reese Stevenson.

Stevenson allowed four hits and struck out nine in the five-inning match.

Nicky Roberts, Jordan Hall, Isaac Long and Quincy Jackson all singled for the Cubs.

Aaron Patton took the loss for Monett. Patton threw 113 pitches in three and two-thirds innings of work.

The Eagles led 2-0 after one inning and 3-0 after three innings. In the fourth inning, 11 Eagles batters came to the plate and scored six runs.

"We have got to play better," said Calhoun. "Aaron struggled a little with his command, but he'll come around."

East Newton

On Saturday, the Cubs earned their first victory of the season with a 7-1 win over East Newton.

Monett struck for single runs in the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The Cubs plated two runs in the third inning. Jarred Witt and Nick Childress singled to open the frame. Cooper Caldwell then singled to score Witt and Childress.

Carlin Ballay earned the victory, throwing seven innings. Ballay allowed three hits and one earned run and struck out eight.


Monett capped the split-doubleheader on Saturday falling to tournament champion Seneca.

The Cubs jumped out on the Indians 1-0 in the first.

Roberts singled to open the game, and a single by Caldwell moved Roberts to third. Ballay then scored Roberts on a sacrifice fly.

Seneca countered with a run in the bottom of the second. Each team went scoreless the next two innings, but Seneca broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth with four consecutive two-out hits to score three runs.

"We competed today," said Calhoun. "We hung in the game with Seneca. We only played three seniors. We are counting on our young guys to help carry the load. Every day we are working to get better at offense, defense and pitching."

The Cubs open play in the Carthage Tournament tonight against Mt. Vernon. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

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