The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 18, 2013

Carthage halts Miners' winning streak

Joplin entered its American Legion baseball game with visiting Carthage on Tuesday night with a seven-game winning streak.

Carthage showed little respect for the streaking Miners, however, as it rapped 15 hits in winning 15-6 in Wendell Redden Stadium at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

Carthage scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to expand a 9-6 advantage.

Carthage, if coach Doug Baugh’s hurried math was accurate, improved to 5-9 overall and won its first after three losses in games used to determine seedings for the postseason District 15 Tournament.

Joplin, fresh from winning the Pryor (Okla.) Tournament, slipped to 10-2, 1-1.

Carthage left-hander Shaw Robertson, who helped McAuley Catholic reach the sectional round this spring in the MSHSAA Class 1 playoffs, scattered seven Joplin hits and struck out 10.

Said Baugh: “It’s the second appearance for Shaw and he pitched well enough to win his first time out. He was sporadic in this game. He struggled finding his release point.

“We hit the ball well,” Baugh said. “We fielded very well except for one inning. We can be a pretty good ballclub when we perform like we did in this game.”

Said Joplin coach Drew Schulte: “I’m very disappointed with the way we played. We weren’t mentally ready.

“Shaw (Robertson) threw a strong game,” Schulte said. “We had him throwing 155 pitches. He kept us off balance. We also didn’t make adjustments at the plate.

“Carthage really hit the ball,” Schulte said. “They had timely hitting, too, and we didn’t do that.”

Miles Goade, Blaine Diggs and Sawyer Shepherd, who had two doubles, had three hits apiece for Carthage. Robertson and Zach Overton each added two safeties.

Robertson, who also doubled, tripled to right center with the bases loaded to cap the five-hit, six-run seventh frame.

Rex Whisner was the only Joplin player with two hits.

Joplin visits Monett today for a 6 p.m. doubleheader. Tyler Fancher, a right-hander, is the probable starting hurler for the Miners in the seven-inning opener, Schulte said.

Tuesday’s second game against Carthage, scheduled for five innings, was canceled.

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