The match took place at Cooper Softball Complex with Pierce City designated as the home team. Monett struck first in the top of the first inning as Raigan Ratliff was able to stroke a double into centerfield. She was then able to steal third while drawing the throwing error that allowed her to advance to home. Pierce City pitcher Mckenzie Moreland effectively provoked 3 routine groundballs to get out of the inning with only one run surrendered.
Ratliff took to the mound for the Cubs in the bottom of the first. Bailee Hayward led off the inning by taking a walk on four consecutive balls. Faith Strong followed up with a single. Hayward and Strong would both come around to score on a single by Moreland. Moreland would be driven in later in the inning. Pierce City had a 3-1 advantage after the first inning. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they would not be able to score again until the last inning of the game.
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After picking up one run in the second, the Monett offense exploded with a three run third inning. They tacked one more run on in the fifth inning for insurance. The top three spots of the lineup were the most productive for the Cubs all afternoon, producing 5 out of their 6 runs.
Coach Ty Goetz sees his senior leadership as the key to this year’s success.
“I feel like the seniors came up big for us today, we played our best softball of the season during these 3 games today”, said Goetz.
Goetz was also happy with some of the smaller things his team did, such as staying aware on the base paths and rallying back from an early deficit.
The Cubs set the single season win record last season with 18. Today’s victory improves them to a record of 16-2 this season. Their next game will be 9/25 when they host McDonald County.
Pierce City drops to 12-4 and next plays on 9/25 when the Eagles host Marionville.