Mus­tangs Ex­cel In Man­tle Clas­sic

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

Led by shutout pitch­ing, the McDon­ald County Mus­tangs base­ball team won its three-team pool at the 14th an­nual Mickey Man­tle Base­ball Clas­sic only to see the cham­pi­onship game can­celed due to cold and snow.

Char­lie Moore tossed a two-hit­ter to lead the Mus­tangs to an 8-0 win over Di­a­mond in the opener played on April 5 at Joe Becker Sta­dium in Jo­plin. The ju­nior righthander struck out nine and walked just one in a com­plete game short­ened to five in­nings due to the run rule.

McDon­ald County scored all the runs it would need with three in the bot­tom of the first. Ty Shaver led off the in­ning with a sin­gle. With one out, Joe Brown and Moore were hit by pitches to load the bases. Tyler Stout­sen­berger drove in a run with a fly ball to cen­ter with a sec­ond run scor­ing on an er­ror. Omar Manuel drove in the fi­nal run of the in­ning with a sin­gle.

The Mus­tangs added two runs in the sec­ond on sin­gles by Jor­dan Plat­ter and Brown and two walks and an er­ror.

In the third, McDon­ald County scored a run on two walks, a passed ball and a dou­ble steal, with Plat­ter steal­ing home for the run.

McDon­ald County scored two runs in its fi­nal at-bat in the

bot­tom of the fourth. A sin­gle by Shaver, three walks and a pair of field­ers-choice ground balls gave McDon­ald County an 8-0 lead and, when Moore re­tired the side in or­der in the top of the fifth, the game was called.

Shaver had two of the Mus­tangs’ five hits. Brown, Manuel and Plat­ter ac­counted for the other three.

Lo­cust Grove

McDon­ald County scored its only run of the game in the fourth in­ning, but Cade Smith and Ray­gan Bradley made it hold up in the Mus­tangs’ 1-0 win over Lo­cust Grove in McDon­ald County’s sec­ond pool game on April 5, this one at Com­merce High School.

Smith went the first six in­nings, al­low­ing four hits while strik­ing out five and walk­ing two. Bradley worked the sev­enth, mak­ing it ex­cit­ing be­fore get­ting the last out with bases loaded on a three-two count ground ball to Bos­ton Dowd at short­stop.

Bradley re­tired the first two hit­ters of the in­ning, but back-to-back hits put run­ners on first and sec­ond. An er­ror on a ground ball loaded the bases, set­ting the stage for the do-or-die 3-2 pitch.

Dowd led off the fourth in­ning with a sin­gle. He stole sec­ond and went to third on a sin­gle by Brown be­fore scor­ing what turned out to be the game-win­ner on Moore’s sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter field.

Dowd’s and Brown’s sin­gles in the fourth were the only hits McDon­ald County could muster off of tough­luck loser Josh Bi­ble. Bi­ble also had two hits in the game, but it was him that Bradley re­tired to end the game.

McDon­ald County, win­ners of its last six out of seven, im­proves to 8-4 for the sea­son. The Mus­tangs be­gan con­fer­ence play against East New­ton on April 10 be­fore host­ing Cassville on April 12 in an­other Big 8 Con­fer­ence matchup.

Webb City

McDon­ald County wasted a fine pitch­ing per­for­mance by Dowd in a 2-1 loss to Webb City on April 4 at Webb City High School.

Dowd al­lowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, while strik­ing out four and walk­ing one in six in­nings.

Webb City’s Tyler Martin, a Univer­sity of Ne­braska signee, held the Mus­tangs to one run on two hits while strik­ing out 15 and walk­ing one.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County short­stop Reece Cooper dives for a ground ball dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 2-1 loss to Webb City on April 4 at Webb City High School.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’s Oak­ley Roessler dives back to first af­ter reach­ing on an in­field hit in the Mus­tangs’ 2-1 loss to Webb City on April 4 at Webb City High School.

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