MONETT — Dueling zeroes were the theme for the Big 8 Conference West game Thursday between the East Newton Patriots and the Monett Cubs.
East Newton’s Ethan Brummett and Monett’s Corey Spain were the armed combatants.
Brummett allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings, while Spain surrendered one run (earned) on five hits with 13 strikeouts and no walks over seven innings.
Monett scored one in the second and one in the third to come away with the 2-1 victory.
Hunter Liveoak led East Newton’s offense with two hits and Zeke Chiles, Kaden Cook, and Jake Anderson each rounded out the five hits with one apiece. In the fourth inning, Liveoak came around to score East Newton’s lone run.
Alex Rivera matched Liveoak in hits and Karter Brink, William Daingerfield, Corey Spain, and Tanner Wright each had one. Rivera and Wright picked up RBI, while Daingerfield and Spain scored runs.
With one down in the second, Spain tripled to center and scored on a Wright single. Daingerfield led off the third with a single to center and scored on a Rivera single with two outs; Daingerfield advanced into scoring position on a Wesley Merriman 5-3 groundout.
Liveoak started the East Newton fourth with a single, he advanced to second on a Ethan Brummett 6-3 groundout, and scored on a Chiles single with two outs.
The Patriots had their opportunities to earn a tie and the lead in the sixth when Anderson and Liveoak hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Spain, though, made a key defensive play when he threw out Anderson at third on a Brummett bunt and Liveoak would be stranded at third.
Yes, the Arkansas commit Spain certainly did it all Thursday.
Cook led off the East Newton seventh with a single, but Spain picked him off at first for the second out. Sam Stewart flied out to end the game.
East Newton dropped to 11-6 overall and 3-3 Big 8 West. The Patriots return to action Tuesday on the road against Hollister.
East Newton has nine more wins than last season.
Monett, meanwhile, improved to 13-5 with Thursday’s victory and the Cubs are seventh in the latest Class 4 rankings.
Monett won a pair of one-run games this season against East Newton, 5-4 and 2-1.