Cassville falls 2-0 to Monett

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Making the play. Cassville's Gabe Kirk field a hot shot off a Monett bat during the varsity baseball tilt on April 16.

The Cassville Wildcats baseball team fell 2-0 to Monett on April 16.

"We couldn't get it done tonight," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "We are a young team that has seen a lot of good pitchers in our last few games. We were a hit away from tying the game and just came up short."

Monett (6-7, 2-1) has won two of its last three games. Cassville (5-10, 1-2) started the baseball season 4-1 but has since gone 1-9.

Both teams played multiple underclassmen, but it was the more experienced Cubs that shined at North Park.

Aaron Patton (3-2) was steady on the mound for the purple and gold. Patton threw seven innings and allowed one hit, walked five and struck out eight. He lowered his team-leading ERA to 1.91.

Cassville's pitcher Noah Hadlow, a freshman, was equally impressive. Hadlow threw six innings and allowed eight hits and two runs and struck out three.

"Noah pitched well enough for us to win," said Wood. "The key for us is to play more innings and gain experience for our youth."

Monett's defense helped Patton with a four-six-three double play in the first inning.

Monett catcher Kyle McCallister threw out Ty Craig at second base on a steal attempt in the fourth inning. Craig was a perfect 17 of 17 in base thefts prior to being stopped by the Cubs' signal caller.

Monett manufactured a run in the first and third innings.

Isaac Long reached base with a one-out single in the first frame. An errant throw allowed Long to advance to second,d and a passed ball moved Long to third.

Nick Childress then hit a ground ball to third that allowed Long to score.

In the third inning, Childress singled and moved to second on Zack Hammond's fielder's choice. Cooper Caldwell followed Hammond with a single to right field to score Childress.

Cassville struggled all game against Monett's southpaw but finally had a breakthrough in its last at-bat.

Patton took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning when Marcus Weatherman doubled on the first pitch. Patton settled down to strike out the next two hitters before issuing two walks to Stone Phelps and Brady Blisard to load the bases.

After a brief mound visit from Monett coach Michael Calhoun, Patton got a ground-out to second to secure the win.

"We'll take this game and learn from it," said Wood. "We have to work every day to get better. We have had several close losses, and we need to work on finishing games strong."

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