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Monett claims first conference title

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Welcome back. Monett sophomore Allie Krueger threw two innings in a rehab start against East Newton on Sept. 27. Monett won the contest 14-2 to capture the school's first conference title. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
East Newton's Ellie White's sharply hit ball went directly to Monett shortstop Brooke Madison, who routinely fielded the neon yellow sphere and tossed to Kelsey Wisemen at first, the out secured the Lady Cubs' 14-2 victory and a place in school history.

Monett High School began offering softball in 1998. Fourteen years later, on the dirt at East Newton High School, Monett claimed its first Big 8 Conference title or at least a share of the crown.

Monett (17-3, 5-1) can claim the outright conference title if Carl Junction defeats Lamar tonight.

"Tonight was such a good night for our program," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "This group of girls has worked so hard to achieve this goal. I am so proud of them."

The Lady Cubs have been close to earning a Big 8 crown on at least four different occasions, only to have to settle as the conference's second best team.

"Being so close to our goal and just coming up short is always frustrating," said Goetz. "The girls just came out and took care of business."

The game against East Newton was never really in doubt.

The Lady Cubs plated single runs in the first and second innings, before exploding for seven tallies in the third and four more runs in the fourth.

Monett took advantage of eight Lady Patriot errors.

Wiseman led Monett with three hits and four RBIs. Jessica Harper had two hits and two RBIs. Josee Krueger had three hits. Allie Krueger had two singles and an RBI. Andrea Soriano had two hits. Brooke Burnside tripled in the game.

Monett's Allie Krueger started on the mound for the Lady Cubs in a rehab outing and threw two innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Raigan Ratliff pitched the final three and scattered five hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

"It was good to get Allie back on the mound and let her throw a couple of innings," said Goetz. "If we can have both of our pitchers healthy going into districts, that would be a big lift."

The Lady Cubs travel to Reeds Spring for their season finale tonight. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.



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