The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 28, 2012

Joplin Miners sweep Webb City to bump streak to five games

The Joplin Miners swung hot bats on Wednesday night and upped their season-best winning streak to five games.

The Miners got a breakout night from Josh Miller and swept Webb City 12-2 and 9-5 at Joe Becker Stadium.

Miller finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with seven RBI, three doubles and a triple.

“We’re playing well right now,” Miners coach Bobby Stackhouse said. “It’s fun to come to the ball park.”

Miller’s two-run double sparked an eight-run Joplin outburst in the fourth inning of th opener. That gave the Miners their 12-2 lead, which was plenty for Caleb Garton, who went the distance in the five-inning game, striking out four and walking one.

Miller was 3-for-4 in the nightcap with five RBI, two doubles and a triple.

Tristan Ash and Bryce Ash combined on the mound to scatter nine hits and five runs.

The Miners, now 18-9 and 6-0 in district play open the Baxter Springs tournament today against the host team at 1 p.m. at Baxter’s Field of Dreams.

On Tuesday night the Miners defeated Pryor, Okla., 7-6.

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