From staff reports
Neosho, keyed by a five-run fifth inning and the pitching of Trey Turner, eliminated fourth-seeded Joplin 10-1 in the first round of the Class 5 District 12 Tournament on Saturday.
Third-seeded Webb City stopped Republic 4-0 behind the pitching of Cade Crouch in the second contest at Tom Greenwade Field.
Monday’s semifinal schedule is Neosho vs. No. 1 Carthage at 4:30 p.m. and Webb City vs. second-seeded Willard at 7.
Turner worked five innings against Joplin before turning over the chores to Lane Brodie. Tyler Johnson tripled and had two singles to pace the 14-8 Wildcats’ nine-hit attack.
Said Joplin coach Kirk Harryman: “Turner was sharp. It was a game where we needed to pitch well. We didn’t. I believe we walked seven and hit five batters.”
Turner, a junior right-hander, allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Joplin got a double from Brett Graham and singles from Adam St. Peter and Chris Leonardi.
Joplin (13-11) finishes the season on Friday by completing a suspended Ozark Conference game at Springfield Kickapoo. The Chiefs are coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning after Joplin took a 2-1 lead in the top of the frame.
Webb City’s Crouch, a junior right-hander, permitted two hits, struck out six and walked two in checking Republic.
The Cardinals (7-17) scored three runs in the first inning.
Austin White drew a nine-pitch walk and Jay Roderique sacrificed. Seth Watkins reached on an error and swiped second to place runners at second and third.
Crouch singled home a run and an error allowed another to score. Courtesy runner Kyle Baldassare moved up on Joseph Jones’ ground-out before scoring on Austin Carter’s single.
Watkins singled in the sixth inning and came around to score on Crouch’s single and a balk.
Class 4 District 11
SENECA, Mo. — Upsets ruled in the opening round, according to seedings.
No. 5 Cassville trimmed fourth-seeded McDonald County 7-1 before East Newton nipped No. 3 Carl Junction 3-2.
Semifinal pairings on Monday (matching Big 8 Conference teams): Cassville vs. No. 1 seed Seneca at 4:30 p.m. and East Newton vs. No. 2 Monett at 7.
East Newton pushed across two unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead and held off Carl Junction as Sam Swartz bested fellow right-hander Tyler Armentrout.
Swartz, a sophomore, allowed three hits, struck out four, walked none and hit two batters. Armentrout, a junior, permitted five safeties, struck out 10 and issued one intentional pass.
“Swartz did a great job,” Carl Junction coach Flave Darnell said. “He kept our guys off balance.”
Cassville scored four runs in the sixth inning in snapping a 1-1 deadlock. Gabe Kirk’s two-out home run snapped the tie.
Noah Hadlow then doubled, winning pitcher Andrew Witham walked, Brady Blisard singled in Hadlow and Chase Jackson rapped a two-run single.
Cassville and Seneca (18-4) have split two earlier games this season.