WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Seneca Indians’ season came to an end with a 7-3 loss Monday against Monett in the Class 4, District 12 tournament.
Seneca took a 3-2 lead after scoring two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, then Monett pushed across two in the fifth and three in the sixth to close out the scoring and advance to the district championship.
Monett edged Carl Junction 3-2 for the district title and advanced to sectionals, where they will face District 11 winner Springfield Catholic on Tuesday.
On Monday, Seneca senior Harris Griffith took the loss and he allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. Daythen Long came on to record the final out in the sixth with a strikeout.
The Indians hurt themselves with four errors.
Monty Mailes came through with Seneca’s only two hits and Titus Atkins picked up one RBI.
Winning pitcher Dale Slater overpowered Seneca with 14 strikeouts and only two walks. Slater allowed three runs (one earned) on two Mailes hits over seven innings and 98 pitches. Slater fired 65 strikes, while Seneca had two runners caught stealing.
Karter Brink, Wesley Merriman, and Alex Rivera each paced Monett with two hits, highlighted by Rivera’s two-run homer to give the Cubs the lead for good in the fifth. Brink doubled.
The Indians finish their season 14-12 overall and won six of their final eight games with victories over McDonald County (8-3), Diamond (10-0), Cassville (6-3), McDonald County (7-6), Carl Junction (5-4), and Cassville (3-1).
Seneca’s only losses during that stretch came against Hollister (11-0) and Monett (7-3). Hollister knocked off two-time defending Class 4 state champion Aurora in a District 11 semifinal.
The Indians lost 25 percent of their games to Monett.