The first two innings of the game were scoreless, but in the third, the Wildcats plated two runs and Monett answered back in the bottom of the inning with four. Monett went on to score four more in the bottom of the fifth and then held Cassville scoreless through three more innings. The Wildcats finally got some more runs in the top of sixth but were unable to take over the lead.
Clay Craig started the game for the Wildcats, pitching four innings, with Ashton Dorris relieving him. Dorris gave up four runs, but only three of those were earned.
Monett's pitching staff held the Wildcats to three hits with two of the three hits coming in the top of the seventh inning. Brett Buchanan, Dannon Rose and Kason Koelsch were the only Wildcat hitters. The seventh inning also consisted of four walks, but after the rally, three batters in a row were sent back to dug out with a strikeout.
"Clay threw well except for the third inning," said Coach Rod Hemphill. "We made a couple of errors that really hurt us, and the Monett pitchers kept us off balance all day. We need to hit better, field better and play better for us to have a chance."
The Wildcats looked to turn things around with a win against Reeds Spring on Friday at home. The Wildcats scored first in the bottom of the third, tallying two runs, but Reeds Spring plated three in the top of fourth, one in the fifth and then two more in the seventh to win the game 6-3. The Wildcats last run of the evening came in the bottom of the sixth.
Kelby Haynes took the mound for the Wildcats and went six full innings, giving up four runs. Haynes also led the way for the Wildcats offensively as he got two base hits. Dorris had a RBI single and a triple, to collect two hits, Bryan Gryder had one hit and one RBI, and Jason Bromley and Tim Orrell also had one base hit apiece.
"Haynes threw well enough to win," commented Coach Hemphill. "We made some errors, a total of five in the game. We need to shore up our defense. Baseball is such a mental game, and we need to continue to play hard 'til we get a few breaks."
The Wildcats will play back to back home games this week. Cassville faces off against McDonald County on Thursday and against Hollister on Friday.
The Cassville junior varsity baseball team is off to a strong start after winning both of their games last week. The young 'Cats downed Monett 13-4 and Reeds Spring 6-3.
Michael Baker was the starting pitcher against Monett, and Rose was the relief. Cory Howard, Ryan Rowley and Jody Cavness all had a big game.
On Friday, Lane Stubblefield was the starter for the Wildcats, and he threw a complete game. Danny Naugle, Andrew Gryder and Aaron Jamieson all had a base hit for the JV Wildcats; Jamieson recorded a base-clearing triple and picked up three RBIs.
"Stubblefield took care of the Wolves on Friday, looking very sharp," said Coach Pete Rose.