The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 22, 2012

Wheaton, Liberal fall in extra innings

Cody Hull hurt Wheaton with his batting, pitching, defense and speed on the basepaths.

Perhaps appropriately, Hull scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Norwood nipped the Bulldogs 7-6 Monday afternoon in a Class 1 sectional baseball game.

Hull, the Pirates’ leadoff batter rapped two doubles and a triple to highlight his 4-for-6 performance at the plate. His fourth hit came when he beat out an infield single to start the Pirates’ 11th inning.

Hull moved to second on a walk, and then one out later, he scored when Brad Lachney grounded a single to right field.

“He had four hits, scored four runs and got the win on the mound,” Wheaton coach Jason Webb said. “He gave up zero runs (in the last six innings).

“And he made several nice defensive plays,too. We tried a suicide squeeze in the seventh when we were up a run, and he came off the mound and made an amazing play to throw our kid out at home. It was a beautiful bunt, but he got there and made a play. Then there was a high chopper over his head that he went up and got and made the play. He’s a heck of an athlete.”

Wheaton (9-6), which lost the coin flip to determine the home team, capitalized on two Norwood errors to take a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Pirates (20-5) answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and another in the second.

The Bulldogs regained the lead with three runs in the fourth inning when Chase Cantwell singled to drive in two runs, and Tyler Musick followed with a double to score Cantrell.

Norwood tied it in the bottom of the fourth, but Wheaton scored in the fifth when the Bulldogs had runners at first and third, and the runner crossed home plate before his teammate was tagged out in an intentional rundown. Norwood later tied the game in the sixth on an error and Dakota Potter’s single.

Cantwell with 3-for-5 to lead Wheaton’s 11-hit attack, and Sean Goostree and Anthony Brattin contributed two hits apiece.

“There were a few errors both ways, and both of us are pretty good defensive teams,” Webb said. “I think the errors about equaled out. It was a great baseball game.”

Weableau 6, Liberal 5

WEAUBLEAU, Mo. — Weaubleau broke a 5-5 tie on a one-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning and defeated Liberal in a Class 1 sectional matchup.

Liberal led 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but Weaubleau scored two runs in the fifth and tied the game with two more in the sixth.

Colten Selvey, who went the distance for Liberal, allowed five hits and six walks. He struck out 17.

“We had an up and down season, but it was a very good group of guys to work with. They worked very hard,” said Liberal head coach Chris Dunlap.

“We were in a three-way tie for the conference championship and we were district champions. It just ended a little shorter than we had hoped.”

The Bulldogs, 11-9, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a walk to Dylan Massa and RBI singles by Selvey and Garrett Miller. Massa scored when Selvey’s single got past the left fielder.

Liberal added a run in the third inning when Garett Rose doubled in Massa, who had walked.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the fifth. Rose led off with a walk, Miller was hit by a pitch and Trevor Harvey reached on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases. Back-to-back walks to Austin Spivey and Dillon Coleman drove in two runs.

Clever 5, Southwest 1

WASHBURN, Mo. — Southwest scored first, but Clever, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2 state poll, tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning and improved its record to 25-3.

Southwest leadoff batter Ty Hackett began the game with a triple down the right-field line, and he continued home on an overthrow to third base.

But Ranger Curtis hit an opposite-field, two-run double to left-center field to highlight Clever’s first-inning spree, and Clever added single runs in each of the next two innings.

The Trojans, who finish with a 15-8 record, had three hits after the first inning — a double by Tyler Ferguson and singles by Jordan Savage and Travis Hayworth. Jake Shrum pitched all six innings for Southwest and fanned four batters and walked two.

Curtis and Chance Wolfe had two hits apiece to lead Clever’s nine-hit attack. Pitcher Jordan Burnett struck out nine batters and walked one.


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