The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 2, 2013

Joplin Miners, McDonald County Post 392 set for quick rematch

McDonald County Post 392 has a quick opportunity to avenge Sunday night’s loss to the Joplin Miners in American Legion baseball.

Post 392 entertains the Miners at 6 p.m. today in a doubleheader with the first game scheduled for seven innings and the second for five.

Joplin prevailed 10-3 in a nine-inning District 15 game on Sunday at Anderson. Joplin, because of scheduling difficulty, was the home team in the contest.

Joplin collected 14 hits in the game and scored six runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-1 lead.

Tyler Fancher. who’ll be a senior at Joplin High School, hurled five innings for the victory. Fellow right-handers Colton Johnson and Brett Graham each tossed two innings to finish the game.

“Tyler pitched well. He kept his composure,” Joplin coach Drew Schulte said on Monday. “He faced one batter in the sixth before we took him out. He didn’t want to come out. But his pitch count was up and earlier his arm had been hurting a bit. We had a pretty good defense behind him. Five innings was ideal.”

Fancher struck out three and walked four.

Shortstop Chris Leonardi had three hits for the Miners. Catcher Tyson Hardee, third baseman Tristan Ash, right fielder Blake Brown and center fielder Gavin Jones each added two hits. Leonardi and Jones drove in two runs apiece.

“We continued to hit the ball well,” Schulte said. “We took advantage of some mistakes and had some timely hitting in the big fifth inning,

“We just need to keep attacking and get quality at-bats,” Schulte said.

First baseman/pitcher Jamie Hanke had three hits and right fielder Cooper Dill a pair for McDonald County.

Schulte said Ash, a right-hander, and left-hander Rex Whisner are the probable starting pitchers tonight for Joplin.

McDonald County coach Nick Martin said left-hander Mason York likely will open on the mound for Post 392 (3-6 in District 15 games used to determine seedings in the postseason District 15 Tournament) in tonight’s opener. York graduated this spring.

Joplin (19-5, 5-2), in its next home outing, entertains Cassville at 6 p.m. on Friday at Wendell Redden Stadium.

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