Young Cassville softball squad falls to Monett

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cassville softball coach Ben Abramovitz knew the Lady Wildcats' game against Monett would be a good test on Sept. 5.

But five costly first inning errors led to a 10-0 Monett victory.

"We knew coming in that we would have to be solid (defensively)," said Abramovitz. "Monett is a good team and isn't just going to beat itself.

"That being said," continued Abramovitz. "We competed and we will get better from this experience."

To start the game, the Lady Cubs took advantage of the younger Lady Wildcats.

Monett's leadoff batter Allie Krueger reached on a throwing error, moved to second, reached third on a sacrifice, and scored when the throw home was wide of the catcher.

After getting two outs in the first frame, Monett manufactured four more runs on a pair of doubles, two walks, and three more Cassville errors.

Nine of Monett's 10 runs were scored with two outs.

"That's kind of our goal, to score early and often," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "I felt like we did that."

Cassville put runners on base every inning but the fourth, but Krueger worked around them.

For Cassville, Jayce Fink took the loss, throwing two innings and allowing three earned runs.

Krueger earned the win. She allowed two hits, both singles to Raeghan Blisard and Alesha Large, while striking out six.

Monett improved to 4-2 on the season. Cassville fell to 3-4.

The Lady Wildcats travel to East Newton on Sept. 12. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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