The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 18, 2013

Outlaws earn doubleheader split against Chillicothe

Logan Bradley was as 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs as the Joplin Outlaws snapped Chillicothe’s five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory Tuesday night in the second game of a MINK League doubleheader at Joe Becker Stadium.

Chillicothe, behind the five-hit pitching of Tyler Stuerman and Derek Birginske, defeated the Outlaws 4-2 in the first game.

Bradley doubled and scored a run in the second inning, then drove in the first run in a four-run third inning that gave the Outlaws a 7-0 lead.

“It felt real good especially for not having a bat in my hand for over a month,” said Bradley, who will be a sophomore this fall at Mineral Area College. “It was a lot of insurance for us.”

Outlaws starter Matt Hasenbeck shut out the Mudcats on four hits through five innings. He had late-inning relief help from Chris Bonk in the sixth and Andrew Schwaab in the seventh.

Hasenbeck worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, then retired the Mudcats in order in the fifth.

“I would get one or two out, then leave a fastball out over the plate,” Hasenbeck said. “You have to shake that off. One run doesn’t matter.”

The Outlaws got out of the fifth inning with the help of a double play, just as they did in the first inning after the first two Mudcats singled.

“Overall, it was a good defensive night,” Hasenbeck said. “Both innings, when guys got on, I trusted my defense. If I get a ground ball, they’re going to make plays behind me.”

The Outlaws (7-9, 5-9 in the league) wrap up the three-game series at 7 p.m. today at Joe Becker Stadium.

The Outlaws took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Matt Turner and Koby Chadick and an RBI single by Kyle Dickens. They added a run in the third inning when Bradley led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Zac Barton and scored on Alex Wise’s single to right.

Walks to Dickens and Garrett Kauffman and Austin McClain’s infield single loaded the bases in the third inning for Bradley, who grounded a single into left field for a 4-0 lead.

Barton drove in a run with an infield single, and two errors allowed two more runs to score.

Chillicothe scored in the sixth inning after Paul Trenhaile and Austin Bello hit back-to-back singles off Hasenbeck, who then was relieved by Chris Bonk. Trenhaile scored on Sam Moon’s sacrifice fly.

“Matt has been consistent all summer with three solid starts,” said Outlaws head coach Rob Vessell. “He threw strikes and his defense behind him made some plays, that was good to see.”

In the first game, Stuerman held the Outlaws to two runs on four hits through six innings. He walked two and struck out two.

The Outlaws took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Enrique Finol, who had doubled, and Zac Stewart executed a double steal with Finol scoring on the play. They added a run in the third inning when Wise led off with a single, stole second and later scored on Max Ayoub’s grounder to third.

Outlaws starter Chris Caudle held the Mudcats’ scoreless until David Zorn’s two-out, two-run single in the fifth. H.J. Hermanson then singled in a run for a 3-0 lead, and Chillicothe added a run in the sixth on an error.

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