Monett makes statement with win over Cassville
Lady Cubs erase rival's perfect record
It was all set up for the passing of the conference baton.
Monett's softball team (3-3) entered Thursday facing an undefeated Cassville (4-1) team that felt ready to take its spot at the top of the conference.
Not only did the Lady Wildcats possess a perfect record, but their line-up was hitting .508 and the starting pitcher Josie Lone had a sub-1 ERA of .300 and had allowed only 14 hits and 1 earned run in 23-1/3 innings.
When the smoked cleared, the Lady Cubs had racked up 17 hits, 11 earned runs and cruised to a 11-1 five-inning victory.
“This is what we feel like we are capable of,” said Ty Goetz, Monett coach. “We played a brutal schedule to start this season so we are used to facing adversity. We hit the ball well and hard tonight.”
Momentum, initially, was in the favor of the Lady Wildcats. Monett’s Katie Kurima reached base to open the game with a single. Her streak of 48 consecutive stolen bases, dating back to last year, then came to a halt on the next pitch, as she was thrown out attempting to steal.
The Lady Cubs loaded the bases, but Lone worked out of the jam.
“That was a big chance for Cassville,” Goetz said. “If they were able to punch across a run in the first, it is a new ball game.”
Instead, Monett pitcher Josie Allcock worked a perfect frame, and the Lady Cubs offense exploded for seven runs in the second.
“Josie has pitched well in her last two outings,” Goetz said. “She has been our No. 2 and No. 3 pitcher and she is making me look stupid with performances like this. She moved the ball around and was on.”
Allcock allowed just three hits and one run in the contest.
Goetz felt that his team’s speed made a huge impact on the outcome of the game.
“I’m not sure they've faced a team that had as much speed as us,” Goetz said. “Cassville never seemed to relax, and our girls kept pressing the action. It’s frustrating for a defense when we can bunt and are almost on base by the time they field the ball.”
Offensively, Allcock was four for four with two doubles and 4 RBI.
Katie Kurima went three for four with an RBI.
Monett hosts Lamar on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.