Monett powers past Purdy 13-3
By Jared Lankford
The Monett Cubs baseball team used six doubles to claim a 13-3 win over Purdy on April 29.
The Cubs (12-8, 5-1) scored four runs in the second, one run in the third, two tallies in the fifth frame and three runs in the sixth and seventh frames.
"I was really happy with our offensive production tonight," said Monett coach Michael Calhoun. "We made some defensive errors in the late innings that were frustrating. We did enough to win."
Earlier this season Purdy squeezed past the Cubs 5-4 in eight innings to score a huge upset. This time Monett struck early to put the Eagles in a deep hole.
Cooper Caldwell led off the top of the second inning with a walk. Jordan Hall followed with a double to score Caldwell. With two outs, Aaron Patton doubled to score Hall.
Nicky Roberts and Isaac Long extended the stanza and reached base via a walk and an error. Nick Childress then delivered a two-run double to give Monett a 4-0 edge.
Leading 5-0 in the top of the fifth, Patton skied a moon shot that cleared the fence in right center field for a two-run home run.
Purdy wouldn't fade away.
Trailing 10-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Purdy strung together consecutive singles by Austin Hancock, Tyler Scott and Alex Mareth to load the bases. An error on a ball hit by Heath Burnside scored Hancock and extended the game preventing the 10-run rule from coming into effect.
Blake Spain earned the win for the Cubs. He pitched seven innings and allowed seven, no earned runs and struck out eight.
Hall was three for four from the plate with a double and two runs scored. Caldwell collected three hits.
Eight of Monett's nine hitters recorded one hit.