The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 9, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: Joplin blanks West Plains in baseball league opener

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Kealin Smith pitched a four-hitter and Mark Duley drove in two runs as Joplin opened its Ozark Conference baseball schedule with a 4-0 victory over West Plains on Wednesday afternoon.

Smith, a senior, struck out eight batters and walked one. The Zizzers threatened in the fourth inning when their leadoff batter reached third on a single and two-base error in the outfield. The heart of the lineup was coming to the plate, but Smith retired the next three batters on two strikeouts and an popup on the infield.

The Eagles also turned two double plays, the last one to end the game with runners on first and second.

Tristan Ash led off the second inning with a home run to put the Eagles on the scoreboard.

Ash also singled in the fourth inning and scored on Colton Johnson’s triple to right-center field. Johnson then scored on Duley’s single.

The Eagles scored their last run in the fifth when Gavin Jones led off with a double, moved to third when Ash reached on an infield error and scored on Duley’s two-out single.

Duley and Ash had two hits apiece to account for half of Joplin’s eight hits.

The Eagles (8-3) travel to Kansas City on Saturday to play Staley at noon and Park Hill South at 2 p.m. at Staley.

Golf

Warriors win triangular

Led by medalist Andrew Castillo, McAuley Catholic won a triangular match at the Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course.

The Warriors had a four-player total of 188, followed by Thomas Jefferson with 206 and Purdy 214.

Castillo carded a 45 on the front nine at Schifferdecker to finish two shots in front of teammate Chris Taylor and Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Wells. Kyle Davidson led Purdy with a 51.

Thomas Jefferson and Purdy play in the Neosho Tournament today.

Tennis

Bulldogs claim opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Carl Junction opened its tennis season with a 6-3 victory over Hillcrest.

The Bulldogs’ points came with a quartet of double winners — Ben Byrd, Clayton Sloniker, Connor Hughes and Clint Kuykendall at Nos. 3-6 singles and Nos. 2-3 doubles.

Hillcrest’s Dalis Feemster and Sam Hallam prevailed over Ben Coltharp and Jensen Smith at the top of the ladder. The closest match came at No. 2 singles as Hallam nipped Smith in a tiebreaker 7-3.

The Bulldogs have another road match at 4:30 p.m. today against Thomas Jefferson.

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