From staff reports
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Jordan Musser scattered seven hits and Seth Beckner smacked a two-run home run to lift Carthage past Webb City 4-2 in a Central Ozark Conference Large Division prep baseball game on Thursday.
The Tigers (10-7, 3-3) scored two runs in the first inning and made it 4-0 in the third on Beckner’s homer with Drew Bridges on base.
Musser, a junior right-hander, struck out two and walked two in besting the six-hit pitching of senior right-hander Gage Belcher.
Beckner also doubled and scored two runs. Bridges added two hits for Carthage.
Webb City (11-6, 3-3) received two hits apiece from Klay James and Andrew McDaniel. Plus, Breckin Williams tripled and continued home on an error.
Carthage entertains Joplin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Carl Lewton Stadium in a nonconference makeup contest. Webb City is at Nixa in the league on Tuesday.
Seneca 7, Carl Junction 2
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The Seneca Indians plated six runs in the top of the third inning and went on to drop Carl Junction in a Big 8 Conference baseball game.
The big blow in the game was dealt by Seneca’s Marty Mailes, who blasted a bases-loaded triple in the third to drive in three runs. The Indians, who had six hits in the contest, also benefitted from five Bulldogs errors.
Keegan Pittman turned in a pair of hits for the Bulldogs. Jared Lipe tossed six innings to pick up the victory on the mound for the Indians.
The Bulldogs (10-8, 4-2 conference) travel to McDonald County at 4:30 p.m. today.
McAuley 8, Sarcoxie 3
The McAuley Warriors scored two runs apiece in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings to cruise past Sarcoxie in a varsity baseball game.
It was the Warriors’ second victory of the week, as they also defeated Exeter 3-2 on Tuesday.
Anthony Bertoncino paced the Warriors with three hits in the contest and Adam Robertson chipped in two. The Warriors also added single runs in the first and third innings and never trailed.
Shaw Robertson went the distance on the hill for the Warriors and scattered four hits and allowed two earned runs with seven strikeouts.
Tucker Mettlach was saddled with the loss despite striking out 10 Warriors on the mound.
On Tuesday the Warriors plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to hold off a late run by Exeter.
Mitch Wear turned in the key performance for the Warriors as he picked up the victory on the hill with a complete game effort in which he allowed one earned run and struck out 13.
McAuley 5, Fair Grove 0
Junior forward Lucy Borgmeyer had a hat trick to key the Warriors’ win at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
McAuley, 4-6, led 4-0 at the half.
Said McAuley coach Tom Gilliam: “This was our best game of the season. They (the Warrior players) were hungry.”
Mary Street, a sophomore, and Borgmeyer each had two goals in the first half. Borgmeyer had the second-half goal and Ally Adrian finished with three assists.
Rolla 2, Joplin 0
Nichole Howard scored a pair of goals to pace Rolla in its blanking of Joplin in Ozark Conference girls soccer at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Howard’s goals came in the 32nd and 47th minute. Her second goal was assisted by Amy Gernigan.
Despite missing several key players, the Eagles managed to keep the Bulldogs off the board until late in the first half. The Eagles also couldn’t catch a break and came up short on several opportunities to score according to coach Ed Miller.
“We’re doing some good stuff right now,” Miller said. “We had some shots to score, but we just didn’t convert any of them. I’m happy with the team, we’ve just got to work on putting hte ball in the back of the net and put two halves together.”
The Bulldogs finished with 10 shots on goal to the Eagles’ eight. Megan Rowe had six saves for the Eagles. Aarika Froehilich had a pair of saves for the Bulldogs.
Thomas Jefferson 8, Monett 1
Alex Oserowsky won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Jake Hockman to triumph at No. 1 doubles for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers, 5-3 in duals, also received singles wins from Hockman, Frankie Cascone, Preston Carpenter and John Burnett.
Cascone-Carpenter and Burnett-Connor Matthews also won in doubles for Thomas Jefferson.
Jairo Rueda outlasted Matthews 9-8 (7-4) in singles for the visiting Cubs’ victory.
Webb City 8, Neosho 1
WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Cardinals, who hiked their dual record to 6-3, received doubles wins from Adam Miller-Matt Reynolds, Ethan Replogle-Tucker Palone and Aaron Wells-Logan Sperry.
Miller beat Michael Kramer 8-1 at No. 1 singles in the Tuesday match.
Also winning in singles for Webb City were Replogle, Wells, Palone and Sperry.
Neosho’s Jeremiah Jennings defeated Reynolds 8-5 at No. 2 singles.