"She is a solider and a competitor," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "She gets focused and zoned in and hates to lose. Tonight, she settled in and hit her spots."
Krueger struck out the side in the first and fifth innings and collected two strikeouts in the second, third, fourth and seventh
The Lady Cubs tacked on four runs in the third inning.
Brooke Burnside walked to open the frame. Jessica Harper then hit a slow roller down the first base line. The throw to first sailed into right field allowing Burnside to score. Kelsey Wiseman singled and with two outs, Josee Krueger tripled to clear the bases. Krueger crossed the plate on Andrea Soriano's single.
"It was a team win," said Goetz. "We had production from all of our batting order. It was a good way to start the season."
Faith Strong and Monica Sexton accounted for Pierce City' two hits.
"We saw a lot of things we need to work on tonight," said Pierce City coach Casey Gunnel. "It's hard enough to get three outs in an inning, but when you give an opponent extra outs by committing fielding error it hurts even worse."
Both teams will be on the road on Monday. Pierce City travels to Diamond and Monett goes to Republic. Both games are slated for a 5 p.m. start.