By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
Koby Chadick hit a three-run home run and drove in the tying run with a seventh-inning single as the Joplin Outlaws defeated the Clarinda A’s 12-10 Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium.
The Outlaws won the three-game series two games to one and now trail South Division leader Nevada by three games. The Outlaws (11-11, 9-11 in the league) will play Nevada at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Joe Becker Stadium.
“This was another huge series win,” said Outlaws head coach Rob Vessell. “Offensively, it was an amazing day at the plate. This was a great team win.”
After Clarinda’s Bud Britt gave the A’s a 9-6 lead in the top of the fifth inning with a high drive to left-center field for a three-run home run, Chadick answered with a three-run shot to left field in the bottom of the inning that tied the score.
“He left one over the middle of the plate, and I tried to put a good swing on it,” said Chadick, who was 2-for-5, drove in four runs and scored twice. “It was definitely a big series. They got us the first game, but we showed a little fight and hit the ball well today.”
Clarinda retook the lead with a run in the top of the sixth on Mason Paxton’s sacrifice fly that scored Dean Long, who had doubled. The Outlaws tied the score at 10 in the bottom of the seventh when Chadick’s single to center drove in Turner, who singled and stole second and third.
“I’m just seeing the ball well,” said Turner, who was 3-for-6 Sunday and went 6-for-12 and stole four bases as the Outlaws’ leadoff batter in the three games. “I’ve been getting ahead in the count, and that has helped.”
The Outlaws broke the tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Zac Stewart’s one-out single drove in Enrique Finol, who had doubled, and Turner’s two-out single to left scored Brian Wuest, who had walked.
The Outlaws’ bullpen retired nine of the 10 batters they faced over the last three innings. Travis Northern pitched the seventh inning and Colten Selvey, who was the winning pitcher, pitched the eighth.
Closer Andrew Schwaab, who soon will leave for the University of Missouri, retired the A’s in order on 10 pitches in the ninth. Schwaab, who has yet to allow an earned run, pitched 3 1/3 innings and was the winning pitcher in Saturday night’s 3-2 victory in eight innings.
The Outlaws, who trailed 4-0, scored in the bottom of the second when Wuest lined a double into the right-field corner, moved to third on Logan Bradley’s single and came home on Stewart’s RBI grounder.
The A’s took a 5-1 lead in the third before the Outlaws took a 6-5 lead with five runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Ryan Rippee, Enrique Finol, Bradley and Turner. Finol was 3-for-5 and scored two runs and Bradley was 2-for-4.