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Legion still on way for Rear, Co.
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EVANSVILLE - Bruce Rear knows the cavalry is coming.

Monroe's Senior Legion skipper dressed just nine ballplayers Friday for a 14-4, six-inning loss at Evansville. Monroe (0-3) hung tough and trailed just 5-3 before back-to-back four run innings from Evansville in the fourth and fifth blew things open.

An error set up the fourth-inning rally before Monroe starter Kris Rieder retired the next two batters. But, Chad Rassmussen crushed one of his two doubles to plate a run and restart the rally.

"He hit it off the fence and it's 360 out there," Rear said. "We were right in the game, but that really did us in."

Scott Kline went 2-for-2 to keep his on-base percentage around .800 and scored three of Monroe's runs.

"He's on fire and really coming on," Rear said. "He's running the bases well and is really our leader."

With lefty slugger Nate Barta having hurt his knee playing soccer the night before and several veterans on vacation, Monroe was missing five starters. The team will be similarly thin during today's doubleheader with Edgerton at home at 11 a.m.