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Monett Cubs rallies to defeat Wheaton 3-2

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dialed in. Monett pitcher Nick Childress throws a pitch during the Cubs' 3-2 victory over Wheaton Friday night. Childress struck out 12 batters including the game's final five hitters. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs baseball team scored two runs with two out in the fifth inning to beat the Wheaton Bulldogs 3-2 on Friday night.

"Tonight was a good night for us," said Monett head coach Michael Calhoun. "What we need more than anything is to play more games. It is one thing to coach a young team and tell them what they need to do, but another thing when they are put into situations and forced to react."

Monett's pitcher Nick Childress was impressive on the mound. Childress threw seven innings, allowed four hits, one earned runs and struck out 12 including the game's final five hitters.

Loading up. Nicky Robert prepares to swing at a pitch during Monett's 3-2 win over Wheaton Friday night. The Cubs travel to Cassville on Tuesday. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"Nick was phenomenal," said Calhoun. "He is not overpowering on the mound. He just hits his spots. When you get a hitter in a one or two strike count you change the way they hit. Nick did that tonight."

The Bulldogs held leads twice in the contest.

Wheaton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tyler Musick walked, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. An error by the Cubs allowed Musick to score.

Monett countered with a run in the fourth inning. Nicky Robert walked to open the frame and scored on Carlin Ballay's one-out double.

"I was pleased with our pitching and defensive effort tonight," said Wheaton coach Jason Webb. "Offensively, we have fallen into a pattern of not coming up with the clutch hit. We are struggling at the plate and leaving runners stranded when we have scoring chances."

The Bulldogs battled back with a single tally in the fifth inning.

Musick singled and scored on Sean Goostree's double.

The Cubs used a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth to take the final lead.

With two away, Jordan Hall and Cooper Caldwell coaxed walks. Isaac Long dropped a single over the outstretched glove of Steven Hendrix to drive in the two runs.

The Cubs will be in action on Tuesday at Cassville. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

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