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Poor start dooms baseball Cubs

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Something extra. Aaron Patton, a junior at Monett fires a pitch towards home plate during Saturday's district baseball game against Mt. Vernon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs baseball team's season ended with a 6-2 defeat against Mt. Vernon in the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 12 tournament.

The Mountaineers plated four runs in the first inning off three errors by the Cubs defense and held on for the victory.

"It's tough to face your kids after a season ending loss," said Monett head coach Michael Calhoun. "I have had to give 12 of those speeches now. None of them are easy. Jarred (Witt), Jackson (Burnside), Carlin (Ballay) and Jeff (Craft) will be missed. They were team players and did whatever they were asked to do."

Putting it in play. Monett senior Jackson Burnside fights off a pitch to stay alive at the plate during district baseball action Saturday at Mt. Vernon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Cubs plated two runs in the fourth inning to make thing interesting.

Nicky Roberts opened the inning getting hit by a pitch. Ballay then reached on an error. Jordan Hall singled to score Roberts and Ballay.

"We battled tonight," said Calhoun. "We are still a very young squad with a great future ahead of us. Errors hurt us and we needed one or two key hits that we didn't get."

True to their motto, the Cubs battled to the end.

In the seventh inning, Monett loaded the bases. With two outs Kyle McCalister singled. Isaac Long drew a walk and Witt slapped a single to bring the tying run to the plate.

"We have a very important off-season coming up," said Calhoun. "Our freshmen are going to play together in the American Legion league. We have a solid nucleus returning, and we have to get more innings under our belt."

The Cubs finished the season 4-16.

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