The Cubs were able to keep the game close for three innings, but two five-run outbursts by the Wildcats proved too difficult to overcome.
|"I thought our pitcher (Carlin Ballay) did a good job of mixing his pitches early," said Monett coach Michael Calhoun. "Carlin let the ball elevate a little, and the Cassville hitters put it in play."|
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kreg Meyers doubled to open the game and scored on Trey Rose's single.
Ben Makela was stellar on the mound for Cassville. Makela allowed two hits, one earned run and struck out five in five innings of work.
"Makela is a good pitcher," said Calhoun. "Tonight was a prime example of our offensive struggles. We have trouble stringing multiple hits together to score runs. It is a sign of our youth."
Monett scored one run in the fifth inning. Jordan Hall doubled and scored on Isaac Long's sacrifice fly.
The Cubs will travel to Carl Junction on Thursday. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.