GROVE, Okla. —
An offensive outburst carried the Joplin Eagles to two victories in the Grove Grand Lake Classic on Friday.
Joplin defeated Jay 18-2 in its first game and Locust Grove 11-3 in the second contest.
The sweep advances the Eagles (5-3) into today’s championship game against Grove at 5:30 p.m..
In the opener, the Eagles plated eight runs in the fourth inning —after already leading 10-1.
Kealin Smith led Joplin’s offense, finishing 2-for-3 with four runs batted in, including a three-run home run. Tyler Fancher and Austin Landis combined to limit Jay’s offense to single tallies in the first and fourth innings.
In the second game, a six-run sixth inning propelled the Eagles to the win.
Austin Zengel went the disctance for Joplin, striking out five in the six-inning victory.
Carl Junction 6, Neosho 1
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Anissa Williams’ hat trick let a potent offensive attack as the Bulldogs came away with a victory Friday night.
Carl Junction opened a 3-0 lead after 19 minutes before Neosho got on the scoreboard.
Williams assisted on the Bulldogs’ first goal, scored by Callie Degani in the second minute, before netting two goals in the 17th and 19th minutes.
Alicia Cooper scored for the Wildcats three minutes later before Williams’ assist resulted in a Taylor Beck goal to put Carl Junction up 4-1 at the half.
Carl Junction scored twice in the second half — Williams in the 54th minute and Madeline Kennedy in the 72nd minute.
The Bulldogs return to action at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Greenwood in Springfield.