The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 21, 2012

Joplin, Nevada split Legion doubleheader

The Joplin Miners bounced back from a lopsided loss to split an American Legion baseball doubleheader with the Nevada Red Sox on Wednesday night at Joe Becker Stadium.

The scores of the five-inning games: Nevada 22 Joplin 3; Joplin 6, Nevada 2.

The Miners will take a 12-8 record into their Roper Classic starting today at Carthage. The split left Nevada, the 2011 District 15 champion which has been moved to another district this summer, 13-5 under new coach Matt Ketterman.

Joplin right-hander Bryce Ash limited the Red Sox to five hits in the second game after their 18 hits in the opener.

“Ash threw the ball well,” Joplin coach Bobby Stackhouse said. “He’s gone the distance in his two starts this summer.

“He won’t let me take him out of the game,” added a grinning Stackhouse.

“We did a good job of battling at the plate in the first two innings of the second game,” Stackhouse said. “We made the Nevada pitchers work.”

Joplin, although it struck out five times in the first two frames, received five passes and was hit by pitches three times.

Tristan Ash (Bryce’s brother) drove in three runs with two singles for the Miners. Nate Brummer added two RBI and Bryce Ash, Gavin Jones and Brett Graham each scored two runs.

Caleb Kauffman drove in the Red Sox runs and Lane Ketterman tallied them.

The Red Sox scored nine runs in the first inning of the opener and added 10 in the fourth.

“They obviously hit the ball very well (including eight extra-base hits) in the first game,” Stackhouse said. “That was no surprise considering what we saw them do last year on both the Triple A and Double A level.”

Liberal all-stater Colten Selvey, a right-hander, allowed three hits, one earned run, struck out five, walked two and hit a batter.

Trey Barger was 4-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and five runs scored. Kauffman was 3-for-3 with five RBI and was plunked twice by pitches. Ketterman added three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Alex Payne and Cole Sanderson drove in four and three runs, respectively.

Bryce Ash had two of the Miners’ safeties.

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