The Joplin Globe
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —
Joplin scored five times in each of the final two innings to rally past Parkview 13-11 in its opener in the Red and Blue Classic on Thursday before slugging its way to a 15-2 win over Aurora.
The Eagles, who improve to 5-4 with the wins, had just three runs after the first five innings of the day before scoring 25 in the next five.
“We just started getting some timely hits,” Joplin coach Kirk Harryman said. “We had a lot of big two-out hits late in that first game, hits that we weren’t getting earlier. The kids did a real nice job of stepping up.”
Joplin trailed 8-3 before a five-run sixth inning tied the game. Parkview scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to take an 11-8 lead, but Joplin wasn’t done.
Kealin Smith’s RBI double and Nate Brummer’s sacrifice fly pulled the Eagles with one before Brett Graham’s two-out, two-strike single tied the game at 11. Adam St. Peter followed with an RBI single to push the Eagles ahead.
Graham then held the Vikings scoreless in the seventh to give Joplin the win.
The Eagles didn’t let up in the second game, striking for one run in the first and seven each in the third and fourth innings. Caleb Garton allowed Aurora just two runs on four hits in the five-inning game
Joplin returns to Springfield on Saturday to continue tournament play against Rolla at noon and Kickapoo at 2:30 p.m.
Yuhas paces Eagles
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Nick Yuhas, a junior, shot a 5-over-par 70 to pace Joplin to fourth place in Class 4 of the Missouri State Relays at Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course.
The top five teams among the field of 12 were Kickapoo 307, Rolla 308, Kansas City Rockhurst 316, Joplin 323 and Glendale 326.
Yuhas individually was fifth. The Eagles also got 77 from Griffen Locke, 80 from Austin Garritson, 91 from Chance Sticklen and 103 from Tristan Richards.
Rolla’s Mike Steelman was medalist with a 71. No. 2 was Kickapoo’s Palmer Harrison with a 72.
“I was pleased,” Joplin coach Jack Pace said. “We keep improving.”
Pace said usual No. 4 Tamerik Branham missed the outing with a strained rotator cuff.
The Eagles on Monday will compete in the Springfield Invitational at Hickory Hills starting at 10 a.m.
Pace said Kickapoo was the overall champion in the event by beating Class 3 winner, fellow Ozark Conference member West Plains in a one-hole playoff.
Sweep for Joplin
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Eagles, hiking their dual record to 6-1, stopped Springfield Central and West Plains 9-0 at Gillenwaters.
Singles winners in each match for Joplin were Jeremy Lynn, Luke Frogge, Edran Ali, Brooks Butler, Sam Willcoxon and Duncan Ford. Winning in doubles were Frogge-Ali, Lynn-Ford and Butler-Willcoxon.
Joplin will entertain Carthage at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Girls Nite Out
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Brittney Rose of Carl Junction and Desirea Buerge of Webb City registered top-three finishes Thursday night during the Girls Nite Out meet at Parkview’s JFK Stadium.
Rose finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.43 seconds. Shelby Clifton of Mountain Grove won the event in 48.68.
Buerge threw the discus 121 feet, 11 inches to tie for third place with Branson’s Moriah Dapprich. They finished behind Tyra Bickham of Blue Springs (138-2) and Ali Frazier of Willard (126-7).
McKenzie Wright of Camdenton set a meet record in the triple jump (38-4).
Rogers Heritage 4, Webb City 0
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Rogers Heritage shut out the Cardinals, but Webb City coach Brad Moser said the game was closer than the score indicates.
Webb City had seven shots on goal, including two penalty kicks where one was saved and the other hit the post. The Cardinals also scored a goal that was called back because of an offsides penalty.
“We almost outshot them for the game, but we couldn’t finish,” Moser said.
Rogers Heritage had eight shots on goal but was able to convert four of them.
Keely Compton scored the first two goals for the War Eagles. Heritage’s Hannah Markel added another goal to give the War Eagles a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Esthefany Martinez completed the scoring with a goal in the 42nd minute.
Cardinals goalkeeper Hunter Henson recorded four saves.
Webb City dropped to 1-3 on the season, but the Cardinals will have plenty of chances with five games scheduled for next week. Webb City will be at home against Carl Junction on Monday, travel to Willard on Tuesday and then play three games in the Neosho Tournament, which begins Thursday.