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Errors cost Monett against Webb City

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Coming right at you. Allie Krueger, a sophomore at Monett, deals a pitch to Webb City's Asia Bemo during Tuesday night's softball game at North Park. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Lady Cubs softball team (4-1) entered Tuesday's tilt with Webb City (4-2) with a perfect record and an opportunity to gain regional attention if they could master the softball juggernaut Webb City Lady Cardinals.

"We're disappointed," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "I was really looking forward to this chance to play one of the best teams in Class 4. We didn't get the job done."

Five first inning errors by the Lady Cubs led to five unearned runs for Webb City as the Lady Cardinals cruised to a 13-2 victory.

Making a play. Raigan Ratliff, at left, moves into position to back teammate Brooke Burnside as she makes a play on a ball hit to the outfield during Tuesday night's game. The Lady Cubs open conference play tonight as they host Cassville at 5 p.m. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett's offense was held to four hits, all singles, by Raigan Ratliff, Abby Krueger, Allie Kruger and Kelsey Wiseman in the seven inning contest.

The Lady Cardinals, who in the last decade have won two state titles and made six final four appearances showed poise adding two runs in the second and fourth innings, a single tally in the sixth and three more runs in the seventh.

"Every program in the state wants to get to the level that Webb City has achieved," said Goetz. "I look at our errors and I see several plays that we could have made. For whatever reason tonight was not our night."

The Lady Cubs fought hard and battled all night and had chances to climb back into the contest early on.

In their first at-bat, Ratliff singled, stole second and third and scored on Wiseman's one out hit. The Lady Cubs swiped five bases on the night.

A leadoff walk to Brooke Burnside in the second turned unfruitful with the retirement of the next three hitters.

"We have some work to do," said Goetz. "We begin conference play on Thursday and we need to get focused."

Allie Krueger (2-1) was saddled with the loss. She allowed three hits seven runs, only two earned in two innings of work.

Monett will be in action tonight against Cassville. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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How can you write an article and not include the score of the game?

-- Posted by lefty3 on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 1:02 PM

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