Eighth Grade Takes Championship With 42 Runs
The McDonald County eighth-grade baseball team scored 42 runs in three games, including 17 in the championship game, to win last week’s Grove Junior High Baseball Tournament.
McDonald County pounded out 18 hits in its 17-1 win over Jay in the championship game. Dylan Igisomar, Levi Helm and Lee Sohse all had three hits to lead McDonald. Levi Malone, Cole Martin, Junior Eliam and Brandon Armstrong added two hits each.
Bo Leach started and went two innings to get the win. Levi Malone worked one inning of relief.
McDonald County opened the tournament with an 8-0 win over Providence behind the pitching of Sohse. The hard-throwing right-hander went the distance in the four-inning game.
Igisomar and Martin led the offense with three hits each. Malone, Helm and Armstrong added one hit each.
McDonald County claimed a 17-5 win over Neosho in the semifinals. Wyatt Jordan went three innings for the win with one inning of relief from Eli Jackson.
Matthew Mora had four hits while Malone, Helm, Martin and Sohse had two each to lead the offense, Igisomar, Leach and Eliam had one hit each.
The McDonald County seventh grade filled in the tournament when an eighthgrade team dropped out. McDonald County opened with a 17-10 loss to Jay in six innings. Weston Gordon went three and two-thirds innings followed by Fischer Sanny and Braxton Spears.
Gordon had three hits, while Sammy Heruth, Sanny, Isaac Behm and Coty Dumond had one hit each.
Neosho defeated the Mustangs 4-1 in the consolation bracket. Behm pitched the first three innings, followed by Jackson Parnell, Ethan Berkshire and Dumond.
Heruth, Gordon, Behm, Dumond and Parnell had one hit each to lead the offense.
McDonald County claimed a 14-4 win over Miller on April 14 at MCHS. Brandon Armstrong went two innings for the win, while Malone worked the final inning.
Sohse had three hits, while Brayden Burt, Helm and Martin had two each for McDonald County. Mora, Armstrong and Wyatt Jordan all had one hit.
The seventh grade claimed a 4-3 win over Miller. Braxton Spears started and went an inning and two-thirds before Blaine Ortiz came on to get the win with an inning and a third of relief.
Heruth had two hits, while Spears, Weston, Gordon, Behm, Jacob Gordon and Keagan Gibson had one hit each.
McDonald County was scheduled to host Wyandotte on April 16 before facing Fayetteville New School on April 20 in Fayetteville.
The McDonald County eighth-grade baseball team outscored its three opponents, 42-6, to win last week’s Grove Junior High Baseball Tournament.