2015 Team Preview: Monett Cubs



Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Monett
Nickname:
Cubs
Class:
4A
League:
Big 8
Head Coach:
Michael Calhoun
Twitter Handle:
@monetthigh
2014 Overall Record:
18-10
2014 League Record:
6-1, Tied for 1st
2014: Post-Season Finish:
Lost in state quarterfinals to Logan-Rogersvile

Number of Position Players Lost: 1
Number of Pitchers Lost: 0
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 9
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4

TOP RETURNERS (Commit)
Brett Gollhofer, 3B, 2016
Jordan Hall, 2B, 2015
Zack Hammond, 1B/LHP/OF, 2015
Jonathan Hawkins, RHP/OF, 2017
Isaac Long, OF, 2015
Kyle McCallister, C, 2015
Blake Spain, RHP, 2015
Mason Swearingen, C/OF, 2017
Cameron Witt, OF/LHP, 2016

OUTLOOK
The Monett Cubs look to avenge an 11-3 loss to Logan-Rogersville in the state quarterfinals, and get back to state playoffs in 2015.  The Cubs have all nine starters back from a season ago, including four that were selected to the MHSBCA All-State team. Two of those all state players are lefty bats that will also see time on the mound, senior Zack Hammond and junior Cameron Witt.  Witt is a 5-foot-10 170-pound athlete that hit a .463 clip and drove in 22 runs and scored 31. Hammond, who will be used as 1B as well, hit .400 last season with 25 RBI.  He was 16-for-16 in stolen base attempts and he set the school record with seven triples as a junior.  Senior, Blake Spain, a 6-foot-1 165-pound RHP, finished with a 6-2 record and 1.96 ERA a year ago, allowing just 17 runs in 76 innings of work.  He struck out 33 batters and walked 22. The fourth Cub All-State player, Jordan Hall, will return as the starting 2B, hitting .373 with three home runs 16 driven in.  Monett will also look for sophomore Mason Swearingen and junior Brett Gollhofer to add to the offense.  Swearingen is a 5-foot-7 145-pound C/OF that will give the Cubs another left-handed bat in the line up, while junior Brett Gollhofer is a strong 6-foot 195-pound 3B that will add power.  5-foot-11 160-pound sophomore RHP Jonathan Hawkins will be asked to play a role on the mound as well.  Monett is the #5 team in Class 4 and will contend for the state championship in June. 

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