The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 3, 2014

Five-run second inning sparks Joplin

GROVE, Okla. — Joplin scored five runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Tulsa Holland Hall 13-5 on Thursday in the Grand Lake Classic.

Gavin Jones had two hits and four runs batted in for the Eagles. Kealin Smith reached base four times and was 2-for-2 with three RBI, and Tyson Hardy had two hits and two RBI.

“The second inning was huge,” said Joplin head coach Kirk Harryman. “We had good at bats with two outs. Gavin came up with the big hit.”

Hardy led off the inning with a double. With two outs, Chris Leonardi and Johnny Maturino were hit by pitches. Jones hit a two-run single, Colton Johnson walked, Smith hit a two-run single and Austin Zengel singled in a run.

After Jackson Goddard’s three-run home run in the third inning cut Joplin’s lead to 5-4, the Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Will Sitton singled with one out, Leonardi singled and Maturino walked, loading the bases. Jones drove in two runs with a double, Johnson drove in a run with a ground ball and Smith had an RBI double.

Tyler McGrew, who allowed eight hits in five innings, was the winning pitcher.

“It was a tough day to pitch with the wind blowing,” Harryman said. “He did enough for us to get the win.

“Kealin Smith played third base today. He had a very good day on defense and made some big plays for us.”

Joplin (3-3) plays Jay at 4:30 p.m. today at Jay and Locust Grove at 7:30 at Grove.

Carl Junction 9, Riverton 0

RIVERTON, Kan. — Justin Hylton pitched a two-hitter as Carl Junction defeated Riverton.

Hylton allowed two singles, walked one and struck out seven. Carl Junction’s Nate Landis doubled for the game’s only extra-base hit.

The Bulldogs had just five hits, but took advantage of 10 walks and four Riverton errors.

Riverton (4-1) plays host to Girard in a varsity doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. Monday.


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