With clutch two-out hitting and a solid pitching performance by Allie Krueger propelled the Monett Lady Cubs softball team (23-5) into the Class 3 quarterfinals with a 7-2 win over Bolivar on Oct. 10.
"Last year I thought we were just satisfied to get to the sectionals," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "Tonight, we came out ready to play."
Being the visitors at home didn't faze the Lady Cubs, as they wasted little time building a lead.
Allie Krueger walked to open the game and scored on Abby Krueger's two-out triple.
Monett turned up the pressure adding a pair of runs in the second inning.
Brooke Madison hit a one-out single. With two outs, Jessica Harper tripled to score Madison, and Allie Krueger singled to score Harper and give the Lady Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Two more runs swelled the Monett advantage to 5-0 in the third inning when Kelsey Wiseman walked and scored on an error on a ball hit by Abby Krueger. Josee Krueger hit a sacrifice fly to score Abby.
Bolivar responded with a run in the home half of the third inning. The Lady Liberators added another run in the sixth inning to trim the margin to 5-2.
"Even though we still had a three-run lead, Bolivar had built a little momentum heading into the seventh inning," said Goetz.
The Lady Cubs alleviated the anxiety with another two-out hitting performance.
Wiseman singled with two away in the seventh and scored on Abby Krueger's second triple of the game. Krueger scored two pitches later on a passed ball to regain the five-run edge.
Monett hitters drilled for triples on the night, two by Allie Krueger, and one each by Wiseman and Harper.
Allie Krueger limited the Lady Liberators to three hits in seven innings of work and struck out 13.
"Allie is just a machine," said Goetz. "Once she settles into a game she is a tough pitcher to hit. Tonight she didn't do anything special, she just went out to the mound and was herself."
Bolivar went quietly in the seventh to allow Monett to secure victory.
The Lady Cubs will host Blair Oaks in the quarterfinal round, on Saturday, at North Park. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.