By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
The Joplin Eagles sure got off to a nice start, taking a 3-0 lead after three hits from its first three batters and a sacrifice fly.
However, the Eagles mustered only one more hit for the rest of the game and recorded four errors in a 4-3 loss to Camdenton on Tuesday at Wendell Redden Stadium.
“We hit the ball all day, but we hit it right at them,” Joplin coach Kirk Harryman said. “It’s a game of inches.”
Joplin’s Nate Brummer opened the bottom of the first with a double. Chris Leonardi hit a single to move Brummer to third. Brett Graham followed with a two-run triple. Graham later scored on a sacrifice fly from Colton Johnson.
Camdenton took advantage of four Joplin errors, scoring two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. Three of Camdenton’s four runs were unearned.
With runners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning, Camdenton tied the game when Cory Simpson hit a sacrifice fly to score the runner on third. An overthrow at third base gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead.
Joplin pitcher Caleb Garton fanned 11 batters in six innings, and relief pitcher Kealin Smith struck out three more. Graham was for 2-for-3 with two extra-base hits and two RBI.
Brett Lance earned the win for Camdenton.
Joplin (11-10, 3-4 Ozark Conference) plays Thursday at Glendale.
Carl Junction 17, East Newton 7
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The Bulldogs rapped 15 hits in wrapping up their Big 8 Conference schedule in positive fashion.
Carl Junction (9-12, 4-3), which entertains McDonald County at 4:30 p.m., today in a makeup contest, received three hits and four RBI from Branche McGriff.
Josh Petty added two hits, four runs scored and two RBI for the Bulldogs in the five-inning game. Tyler Armentrout and Nathan Doyle each added two hits.
Armentrout, a junior right-hander, allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one in notching the mound decision. He was reached for two hits by Sam Swartz.
Webb City 14, Neosho 5
NEOSHO, Mo. — The Cardinals, buoyed by a six-run third inning, won their fourth game in a row and improved to 6-14 overall and 3-2 in the Central Ozark Conference Large Division.
Seth Watkins fueled a 13-hit attack in support of right-hander Cade Crouch with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Austin Carter and Joseph Jones each added two hits and three RBI for the Cardinals. Mason Williams homered and Kyler Crane and Kolten Potts drove in two tallies apiece.
Crouch, who was reached for a homer by Jayce Parmley and two hits by Wayde Hartman, allowed seven hits and three earned runs. Crouch struck out six and walked two.
McAuley 11, Golden City 9
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. — Shaw Robertson went 3-for-4 and struck out 14 batters as the McAuley defeated Golden City on Monday.
Robertson knocked in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. Trey Melton was 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Warrors.
McAuley (3-7) plays Thursday at Liberal.
Joplin 3, Lebanon 0
Chelsea Nimmo and Anna Banwart teamed up for two goals as the Eagles defeated Lebanon.
Haley Sloan’s unassisted goal gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Nimmo scored with seven minutes left in the first half and again 13 minutes into the second half, both on assists from Banwart.
Goalkeeper Megan Rowe recorded six saves for the Eagles.
Joplin improved to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the Ozark Conference. The Eagles will be at Camdenton at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Joplin 9, Carl Junction 0
The Eagles finished their regular season with a 10-0 record in duals outside tournament competition.
Jeremy Lynn defeated Ben Coltharp 8-0 at No. 1 singles in the match at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Luke Frogge and Edran Ali beat Coltharp and Andy Gloshen 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Frogge, Ali, Brooks Butler, Sam Willcoxon and Duncan Ford also won in singles for Joplin. Lynn-Ford and Butler-Willcoxon also won in doubles.
The Eagles resume in the Ozark Conference Tournament at 9 a.m. on Thursday in Springfield at the Cooper Complex.
Webb City 5, Thomas Jefferson 4
The visiting Cardinals swept the doubles in spoiling the regular-season final for the Cavaliers.
The teams of Larry Chambers and Tucker Palone, Aren Wells and Matt Reynolds and Quentin Kolb and Logan Sperry pulled out the victory for Webb City. Chambers and Wells also won in singles.
Thomas Jefferson singles wins were claimed by Preston Carpenter, Michael Joseph, Joe Scott and Levi Vasquez.
Thomas Jefferson, 5-3 in duals, will enter Class 1 district competition as the No. 2 seed. The Cavaliers will entertain No. 3 Monett at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Carl Junction is the No. 1 district seed. Mount Vernon and Clever are fourth and fifth, respectively.
The final is set for 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday.
McAuley wins District title
CASSVILLE, Mo. — McAuley Catholic, with all five players finishing among the top 11, captured the team championship in the Class 1 District 5 golf tournament on Monday at Cassville Golf Club.
The Warriors had a team score of 390, beating runner-up Purdy by 42 strokes. Both teams qualify for next week’s sectional compeition.
Also earning sectional berths as individual entries are College Heights’ Josh Brehm (101), Cole McAlester (116) and Ashley Roberts (121) and Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Webster (99) and Tyler Thurman (106). Webster placed fifth overall, and Brehm tied for sixth place.
Phillip Roller of Purdy was individual medalist with an 85.
McAuley’s Connor Schlegel was next with 92, and teammate Chase Dahmer tied for third with 94. Andrew Castillo tied for sixth with 101, Zack Crossland tied for eighth with 103 and Martin Graham was 11th with 105.