The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

August 31, 2013

Prep roundup: Joplin, Webb City go 2-1 in pool play to open softball tournament

Mikaela Cox pitched two complete-game victories as Joplin opened its season with a 2-1 showing in pool play of the ninth annual Paige Neal/Christina Freeman Tournament at the Joplin Sports Complex.

The Eagles defeated Seneca 4-3 and Bartlesville 10-0 in five innings. In between, the Eagles lost to perennial state power Blue Springs 6-0.

“I was pleased,” Eagles coach Kirk Harryman said. “Even though we lost to Blue Springs, we competed pretty well. Blue Springs is a good team.

“To come out of the day 2-1, I’m happy with the way we played. There are a lot of things we can do better. All in all, it was a good first day.”

In its tournament opener, Joplin tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie against Seneca. Kinsley Stewart led off with a double, took third on Ashlie Green’s sacrifice and scored on an overthrow on the bunt.

Cox struck out four batters and walked none. The Eagles had four hits, including doubles by Tamarah Mascher and Stewart.

The Eagles had only two singles — one each by Courtney Shryock and Kenzie Goswick — against Blue Springs’ Alexis Reid, who struck out 14 and walked one.

The Wildcats’ nine-hit attack included three singles by Tylin Stephens and triples by Brittany Reid and Miriah Welch.

Joplin took command against Bartlesville with a six-run second inning and finished with 12 hits.

Mascher went 3-for-3, and Goswick, Stewart and Green added two hits apiece. Cortney Krolman and Goswick drove in three runs each.

The Eagles are in the silver bracket (places 5 through 8) and will play Carthage at 9 a.m. today. Park Hill South and Seneca are the other two teams in the bracket.

The bronze bracket also begins at 9 and will match Neosho vs. Nevada and Bartlesville vs. Carl Junction.

The gold bracket semifinal matchups at 12:30 p.m. match Columbia Rock Bridge vs. Blue Springs and McDonald County vs. Webb City. The championship and third-place games will be played at 2:15.

Webb City also went 2-1 in its pool games, beating Carl Junction 11-1 and Neosho 16-0 before dropping a 3-1 decision to Columbia Rock Bridge.

The Cardinals’ Lacy Resa went 6-for-9 and drove in eight runs for the day, including a three-run home run against Carl Junction and grand slam against Neosho.

Resa and Morgan Lammey each had three hits against Carl Junction.

The Cardinals’ offense against Neosho, in addition to Resa’s slam, included a three-run homer by Kaitlin Beason and a homer and two doubles by Desirea Buerge.

Webb City scored in the first inning against Rock Bridge, but the Bruins took th elead with two runs in the third inning and another in the fourth. Rock Bridge outhit the Cardinals 3-1.


Mountaineers claim title

MARSHFIELD, Mo. — Led by Ashley Childers’ 76, Mount Vernon captured the team championship in the Marshfield Invitational girls golf tournament on Friday at Marshfield Country Club.

The Mountaineers posted a four-player total of 353 and finished six strokes in front of runner-up Kickapoo. Carl Junction was fourth with 398, 20 shots behind third-place Glendale.

Glendale’s Sun Jung fired a 3-under-par 67 — a course record for women — to captured medalist honors. Paige Holmes of Marshfield took third with an 81.

The Mountaineers also received a 90 from Megan Pope, 91 from Lexi Farmer and 96 from Haile Dudley.

Kaitlyn Rogers was low for Carl Junction with 91, and Katrin McGriff and Savannah Ross added 93 and 97, respectively.

Tiana Brownen shot an 89 to lead Seneca, which had a 438 team score.

Carl Junction plays a quadrangular on Tuesday against Joplin, Carthage and Girard at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.


College Heights 9, Richland 0

RICHLAND, Mo. — College Heights opened its boys soccer season in convincing style with a 9-0 shutout of host Richland.

Dalton Zarrabi, a senior, scored three goals, while his brother, Dylan, a freshman, added two. Each had one assist. Freshman Jonathan Johnson also had two goals.

College Heights had 19 shots on goal, compared to three for Richland.

The Cougars, who led 5-0 at halftime, will travel to Laquey for a 10 a.m. game today.

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