Monett Post 91 opens summer season

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Up in the air Photo by Stacy Stevenson Monett Post #91 second baseman Tyler Musick, of Wheaton, snares a throw as a Springfield Catholic runner steals second during last Wednesday night's baseball action.

The Monett American Legion Post #91 baseball team opened the 2012 season dropping a doubleheader 10-5 and 2-0 to the Joplin Miners.

The Monett team, consisting of players from Cassville, Purdy, Monett, Pierce City and East Newton, grabbed a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first.

Nicky Roberts drew a leadoff walk to open the first. Tyler Musick, of Wheaton, and Colten Phillips each reached on an error with Roberts scoring on the ball hit by Phillips. Garren Cantrell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A single by Dillon Bunch scored Phillips and Musick.

A fielder's choice by Cassville's Ben Makela scored Pate Powell who entered the game as a courtesy runner for Cantrell.

Post #91 extended their advantage to 5-1 in the second when Josh Steward belted a home run to deep left field.

After a rocky start, the Miners settled in and began to peck away at Monett's lead with single runs in the third and fifth innings and two tallies in the sixth to tie the contest 5-5.

Gavin Jones' three-run triple highlighted a five-run seventh to secure the victory for the Miners.

Makela started the game for Monett. He pitched six inning, allowed 10 hits, five runs, three earned runs and struck out seven.

Caleb Garton earned the victory for the Miners. He pitched four and one-third innings, allowed three hits and struck out four.

Game two

In the night cap, of the twin bill, the Miners blanked Post #91, 2-0 behind Nathan Cox's five-inning one-hitter in a 2-0 victory.

Cox, who graduated from Joplin High School, struck out seven and gave up a single to Jesse Bremer in the fifth inning.

Tristan Ash's RBI single drove home his brother Bryce Ash in the first inning and proved to be all the offensive support Cox needed. The Miners tacked on a run in the third on an error.

Sean Goostree, of Wheaton, took the loss for Monett. He allowed seven hits, two earned runs and struck out nine in five innings of work.

Springfield Catholic

Monett American Legion Post #91 baseball team dropped a pair of contests 5-4 and 8-3 to Springfield Catholic last Wednesday night.

In the first game, Monett exploded for four runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead.

Cooper Caldwell and Powell singled with one out. A third consecutive single, by Phillips scored Caldwell. Musick followed with a bunt to load the bases.

Powell scored on an error and Steward's ground out scored Phillips. Jordan Savage completed the hit parade with a single to score Musick.

The Irish defense stiffened and their offense plated a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.

Reese Stevenson, of Purdy, started the game for Monett. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowed four hits, two earned runs and struck out seven. Kyle Robbins was saddled with the loss. He pitched one and one-third innings and allowed one hit and three earned runs.

Game two

In the night cap, the Irish prevailed 8-3 over Monett.

A five-run fourth inning for Springfield Catholic blew open a 2-1 game to give the Irish the sweep.

Post #91 scored three runs on four hits. Bunch was a perfect two for two at the plate with a run scored. Robbins had two RBI and Childress collected a RBI.

Musick took the loss. He threw three innings, allowed two runs and struck out three.

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