The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 19, 2013

Miners roll past Carl Junction

ANDERSON, Mo. —  There wasn’t much suspense in the winners’ bracket final of the Missouri Triple A American Legion District 15 Tournament on Thursday night.

The top-seeded, defending champion Joplin Miners happily will take the blame.

Joplin moved into the championship round by beating Carl Junction 11-1 in seven innings at McDonald County High School.

Joplin is in the title game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Another game, if necessary, will follow.

The excitement on Thursday came in the two losers’ bracket games.

First, Monett scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to shock McDonald County 12-11. Webb City then ousted Carthage 10-9 as Dillon Brock pulled an 0-1 pitch over the barrier in left center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to snap a 9-9 deadlock.

Joplin struck for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an 8-0 lead against Post 781. Carl Junction entered the showdown as a surprise after seeded last among the seven teams.

The Miners, leading 10-1, ended the contest prematurely in the seventh inning on a single by Chris Leonardi, a bunt single by Johnny Maturino and an error and a single by Brett Graham.

Leonardi, who gobbled up everything around shortstop, finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Maturino, Graham, Colton Johnson and Josh Miller each added two hits for the Miners.

Tyler Fancher, a right-hander, hurled the seven innings for Joplin. He allowed three hits and struck out nine.

Brock’s game-winner was his second homer in two games for Webb City.

Said Post 322 coach Chris Taylor: “I was hoping someone would drive the ball for at least a double.”

Taylor said the relief pitching of right-hander Trenton Moeller was another big plus.

Shaw Robertson had a solo homer among three hits for Carthage.

Monett’s Nick Childress rapped a one-out triple to score Zack Hammond, running for Kyle McCallister, and Jordan Hall to catch Carthage. Isaac Long then delivered a two-out single to win the game.

Monett received four hits from Colin Garner and three apiece from Cameron Witt, Childress and Long. Bo Vincent added a double and solo homer.

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