Cassville Legion teams rule Monett
The American Legion baseball team continued its mid-season surge last week beating the Monett Legion team.
Cassville hosted Monett for the contest and got started quickly.
Top hitter Kason Koelsch started things for the home team. Koelsch led off the first inning with a single, then moved over to third base after two ground-ball outs. This set up Tyler Miller, the leading RBI hitter for Cassville, and he came through. Miller sent a 1-0 pitch through the infield and into the outfield giving Cassville a 1-0 lead.
Cassville added to their lead in the fourth inning. Two walks and three base hits allowed the home team to score four runs. Kelby Haynes, Cassville's pitcher, helped his own cause with a two-run single that scored the final two runs of the inning.
Monett did not stay mute for long after Cassville's big inning. The Cubs used four walks in the fifth inning to help them stay in the contest. Haynes struggled with his control throwing 17 balls in the fifth with only seven strikes. Monett scored four before Haynes shut them down leaving the score 5-4 Cassville.
From that point on Haynes was lights-out allowing only two more Monett runners to get in scoring position through the last four innings. Cassville used three singles and two walks to add two runs to their lead in the eighth inning and Haynes kept the opposition at bay in the ninth giving Cassville the 7-4 victory.
Haynes picked up the win for Cassville and went the full distance, all nine innings. His record is now 4-1 on the season. The soon-to-be senior struck-out 10 batters while allowing only eight walks and six hits. He gave up four runs, all earned and threw 140 total pitches.
Monett's starting pitcher Forgey had some trouble against Cassville, but reliever Fransisco did well. He pitched four innings striking out six Cassville batters and giving up only two earned runs.
Haynes helped out on offense as well. He went two-for-four at the dish with a run, two RBI, a walk, two stolen bases and he assisted in a double play. David Gilley also had a good night. The Blue Eye native also went two-for-four. Gilley accomplished a variety of things picking up one run, one double, one walk and one stolen base. Other hitters were Koelsch 2, Miller 2, Cavness and Rowley.
As a team Cassville hit for an average of .294, but had an on-base percentage of .523. They also had one double play and only one error.
Cassville's record is now 8-3 and 4-1 in their district. (Note: Record does not include St. Louis trip games, game information was not yet available) The team will split games with Aurora this week, playing there on Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and at home on Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. Next week Cassville will hit the road traveling to Neosho on Monday and Monett Tuesday, both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.