From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Joplin's Jason Sullivan continued to swing a hot bat Tuesday night as the Miners swept a doubleheader with the Carthage Merchants.

Sullivan, who went 4-for-4 in the second game of the District 15 All-Star Games on Monday, went 7-for-10 at Carl Lewton Stadium as Joplin won 10-5 and 11-7.

The games wrapped up the regular season for Joplin as the Miners finished 30-10 overall and 20-3 in the district. The postseason starts Saturday at Lamar with seedings to be determined on Thursday.

Sullivan had four hits and four runs batted in to spark Joplin in the first game. He singled in Luke Lawver, who had doubled in two runs in the five-run first for Joplin.

Lawver had a pair of hits to go with the pair of RBI. Brad Secrist and Matt Alcorn also had two hits apiece.

Carthage's Josh Baugh pounded out a pair of doubles.

In the second game, the Miners won despite commiting five errors as the Merchants scored seven times on just five hits. Joplin capitalized on its 12 hits to score 11.

Alcorn and Lawver each had two hits again and Mark Walker had three safeties including a double.

The Merchants' Brad Branstetter, who, like Sullivan, had success at the all-star games with a homer and double, homered on Tuesday night.

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