The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 2, 2013

Blue Springs rolls Joplin Miners at state

SEDALIA, Mo. — The Blue Springs Rods Sports A’s American Legion baseball team lived up to its reputation at the expense of the Joplin Miners on Thursday.

The A’s handled the Miners 28-0 in seven innings in the first game of the Missouri Triple A four-team finals at Liberty Park.

Joplin (36-7) hopes to rebound at 3 p.m. today against the loser of Thursday night’s contest between Eureka O’Brien Post 177 and Jefferson City Post 5.

The A’s (44-7), who reached the Miners for 24 hits, face the winner at noon in the winners’ bracket final.

Said Joplin coach Drew Schulte: “Blue Springs is an excellent team. They hit the ball. They pitched well. We kicked the ball around some on defense (committing five errors). Overall, we didn’t hit the ball well (with five singles).

“We walked too many of the Blue Springs batters,” Schulte said. “We always were working from behind. They were teeing off.”

Joplin assistant Bobby Stackhouse said the Miners’ starting pitcher, right-hander Tyler Fancher, had to leave in the second inning after being struck in the neck by a batted ball.

“We believe Tyler is OK,” Schulte said. “He’s still feeling it, though.”

Tyson Hardee had three of the Joplin hits. Colton Johnson and Johnny Maturino also had singles.

Corbin Hare, who had five RBI, and Wylson Lamb had four hits apiece for the A’s. Garnering four RBI each were Brandon Bennefeld, Grant Gavin and David Stober.

Crowder College signee Jay Corwin, a right-hander, hurled the first four innings for the A’s.

The A’s, scoreless in the first inning, scored eight runs in both the second and third innings.

Added Schulte: “Now, of course, we’re playing for our lives in the tournament. We’ll take it one at-bat at a time.”

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