The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 7, 2012

Miller's homers lead Miners to tournament title

PRYOR, Okla. — Joplin’s Josh Miller rapped two solo home runs among the Miners’ 14 hits as they beat Claremore 9-4 to claim the Pryor Tournament championship in American Legion baseball on Saturday.

Gavin Jones delivered a three-run double to key a four-run seventh inning that expanded a 5-4 lead for the Miners..

“We hit the ball well,” Joplin coach Bobby Stackhouse said. “We also did a good job pushing across single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. We played some small ball and executed a squeeze play.”

First baseman Miller, right-handed batter who’ll be a junior at Joplin High School, led off the second and seventh innings with homers. Stackhouse said his summer homer output climbed to five.

Jones drove in a fourth run for the Miners with an infield out. Second baseman Hank Millard had three singles for the Miners and Miller joined shortstop Bryce Ash, left fielder Nate Brummer and designated hitter Tristan Ash with two hits apiece.

Caleb Garton hurled five innings to claim the mound decision for Joplin and fellow right-hander Tristan Ash finished for the save. Garton allowed the runs but only two were earned.

Joplin, 24-12 overall, won its first tournament of the Legion season and will return to District 15 play by visiting Carl Junction Post 781 for a 6 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday.

Stackhouse hopes to start on the mound Tristan Ash and left-hander Rex Whisner.

The varsity — or Triple A —  District 15 Tournament will be held in Webb City at Barnes Field this season. Double A and A will be held at Carl Junction and Joplin, respectively.

District 15 has seven varsity teams this season with the move of defending champion Nevada to District 6 with Harrisonville, Warrensburg and Windsor.

Joplin, Carl Junction, Webb City, Carthage, McDonald County, Monett and Mount Vernon  The winner of the postseason District 15 Tournament, which starts in mid-July, will advance to zone play at Carthage.

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