The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

June 11, 2012

Robbins pitches Monett to Carl Junction tourney title

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Kyle Robbins tossed a four-hit shutout in Monett’s 3-0 victory Sunday against the host team in the championship game of the Carl Junction Post 781 AAA American Legion Tournament.

Robbins, a recent Wheaton graduate, walked two and struck out five. Only two Carl Junction baserunners advanced to second base.

“We’re starting to play well, play better now that we know each other,” Robbins said after Monett’s fifth win in a row improved its record to 6-6.

Robbins outdueled Carl Junction’s Chase Marrs, who also pitched a four-hit complete game. Marrs walked four and struck out three. Two of the runs he allowed were unearned.

In Sunday’s early games, Hillcrest outlasted Carthage 5-4, and Webb City scored four runs in the sixth inning and defeated Joplin 4-2.

Robbins’ shutout was the second in as many games for Monett. Sean Goostree, also from Wheaton, shut out Carthage 8-0 on four hits Saturday.

“Kyle’s ERA before this game was 0.53,” said Monett head coach Michael Calhoun. “The defense made some really nice plays. We pitched like we have the whole tournament.”

Two of Marrs’ walks came in the first inning as Monett, the home team on the scoreboard, took a 2-0 lead. Pate Powell drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a error, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch. After Jordan Savage walked, Josh Steward drove in Goostree with a single to left.

Monett added a run in the sixth inning on a leadoff single by Savage, who was forced out at second when Steward hit into a fielder’s choice. After Robbins singled, Steward scored on an error.

Payton Walker singled twice and stole a base for Carl Junction, which didn’t have more than one runner on base until the seventh inning. Nathan Skaggs, who led off the seventh with a single, was 1-for-2 with a walk.

“He (Robbins) did a good job throwing strikes,” said Carl Junction head coach Andrew Doennig. “He had a good curveball and offspeed pitch. He kept us off balance.”

Carl Junction will begin its district schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Carthage, while Monett will travel to Neosho for a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carthage starting pitcher Jonathan Terry led the Merchants at the plate with a double and a triple. Miles Goade and Ethan Wiggin also doubled for Carthage, which will play Joplin on Wednesday at Carthage.

Webb City’s big inning came after Joplin right-hander Keith Simpson allowed just three hits in the first five innings.

Trailing 2-0, Kolten Potts led off the Webb City sixth with a single, Klay James walked and Gage Belcher loaded the bases with a single to left.

Andrew McDaniel followed with a slicing, opposite-field double into the left-field corner that cleared the bases and gave Webb City a 3-0 lead. He scored one out later on a fielder’s choice.

Joplin had taken a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a leadoff walk to Gavin Jones, who moved to third on a double by Brett Graham and scored on Simpson’s sacrifice fly. Tristan Ash’s two-out double to right field drove in Graham.

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