The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 29, 2014

McGrew gem helps Eagles square record

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Joplin High School combined a five-run first inning with a near-perfect pitching performance from Tyler McGrew to beat Claremore 6-0 in the Tiger-Zebra Classic on Saturday.

“We preach all the time, ‘Good pitching, good defense and timely hitting,’ and we were really timely there in the first,” Eagles coach Kirk Harryman said.

McGrew took a perfect game into the fifth inning, but Claremore eventually reached him for three hits. Those three hits and a hit batsman were the only baserunners for the Zebras as McGrew went the distance for the shutout.

Tristan Ash led the Eagle offense with two doubles. Joplin tacked on an additional run in the top of the seventh for the final margin.

The Eagles, after going 2-2 in the tournament, return to action by hosting Webb City on Tuesday at 4:30 at Wendell Redden Field.

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