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Baseball Cubs' rally falls just short against Houn's

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Giving it his all. Monett senior Carlin Ballay throws a pitch in the Cubs' baseball game against Aurora on Tuesday night. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 8-8, but it wasn't enough as the Aurora Houn' Dawgs earned a 9-8 victory over the Cubs Tuesday night.

"I saw some good things happen for our team tonight," said Monett coach Michael Calhoun. "We scored five runs in an inning and eight runs in a game. Those were both season highs for us. We still have plenty to work on."

The Houn' Dawgs roared out of the gates early, striking for five runs in the first inning.

Staying alive. Monett's Nick Childress fouls off a pitch during the Cubs' Big 8 Conference game against Aurora Tuesday night. The Cubs host East Newton on Thursday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"Carlin (Ballay) left the ball a little high in the zone to start the game, and Aurora made us pay," said Calhoun. "I was happy with the way we fought back. We had runners in every inning, but we were still looking for that one hit in a key spot to get us going."

The Cubs stranded nine runners on base during the game.

Monett began chipping away at the Aurora advantage in the third inning. Isaac Long singled and scored on Ballay's double.

The Cubs crept closer in the fifth. Long and Jared Witt walked and scored on Jordan Hall's two-out single to cut the lead to 5-3.

The Houn' Dawgs responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. The scoring was highlighted by Dallas Peterson's two-run home run.

Monett wouldn't fade silently into the cool night air.

Kyle McCallister led off the home half of the sixth with a walk. Long was hit by a pitch, and Jarred Witt singled to load the bases. Ballay continued the hit parade with a single to score McCallister and Long.

Jackson Burnside and Cooper Caldwell extended the inning for the Cubs by walking. Hall then delivered a two-out, three-RBI double to tie the contest.

Each time the Cubs had momentum on their side shaky defensive troubles reared their ugly head. Monett committed five errors in the game.

"We have got to get better defensively," said Calhoun. "Errors allow the opposition to turn their batting lineups over and make your pitcher throw more pitches. We have got to make the routine plays on defense."

Monett will face East Newton at home on Thursday. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

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