MONETT — On the final day of the Monett Tournament, the Seneca Indians dropped a pair of close games Saturday, 3-0 to Marshfield and 6-5 to host Monett.
Monett finished 3-0 in the tournament and unseated Seneca as tournament champion.
In the 6-5 loss to Monett, Seneca fell behind 5-2 after the Cubs plated five runs in the second. Monett made it a 6-2 game with an all-important insurance run in the sixth. Seneca’s three-run rally in the seventh fell just shy of a comeback.
Parker Wolfinbarger and Harris Griffith began the rally in the seventh with a single and a walk, respectively, then Seneca plated three runs with two outs. Monty Mailes hit a two-run triple and then he scored on a Dawson Stephens infield single. Gavin Clouse worked a walk to become the go-ahead run and Stephens and Clouse worked a double steal for runners at second and third for Alex Cook, who enjoyed a big game offensively Friday against East Newton.
Unfortunately, for the Indians, Cook ended the game with a pop out to first baseman Corey Spain.
Wolfinbarger collected half of Seneca’s six hits with a double and a pair of singles, while Stephens had a pair of hits and Mailes’ two-run triple accounted for his lone hit. Mailes scored two runs, while Clouse, Wolfinbarger, and Griffith each crossed home plate twice.
The Indians pieced together nine stolen bases, with four by Stephens and two each by Clouse and Mailes. Kale Schrader had the other steal.
Schrader took the loss, allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits over two innings and he struck out none and walked three. Zach Cox stabilized the game, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Spain earned the win, allowing two runs (both unearned) on three hits over 5 1/3 innings and he had nine strikeouts and two walks. Spain has committed to Arkansas.
In the 3-0 loss to Marshfield, Seneca managed a mere three hits and Marshfield plated the only runs with one in the first, third, and fifth, displaying a penchant for pushing a run across in odd-numbered innings. As the home team, the Blue Jays did not require the chance to bat in the seventh.
The Indians probably grew sick of Marshfield starter Austin Dobrick and that’s why the Indians’ box score on GameChanger had Dobrick listed as “Dobsick.”
Dobrick struck out 11 and walked two during his three-hit complete game shutout on 92 pitches.
Clouse took a tough loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
On another day, perhaps Clouse pitched well enough to win. Not Saturday, however, against Dobrick and Marshfield.
Clouse, Schrader, and Josh Caputo each singled against Dobrick and Clouse and Cook reached base on walks.
Seneca, 6-3 on the season, returned to action Monday in the Bill O’Dell Tournament in Carthage.