OZARK, Mo. — The Joplin Outlaws opened the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season with pair of non-league road wins on Thursday at US Ballpark.
The Outlaws (2-0) used a four-run fifth inning to defeat Queen City 9-7 in the opener. Joplin topped the Ozark Wild 6-2 in the nightcap.
JOPLIN 9, QUEEN CITY 7
Joplin and Queen City combined for 11 runs in the first two innings, with the Crush scoring four runs in the first and two in the second to lead 6-5.
Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth frames before the Outlaws pushed across four runs on three hits to take a 9-6 advantage.
Ryan Cedeno started the scoring in the fifth with a two-run triple to center field, plating Joe Kinder and Alec Capshaw. Zack Ehlen followed with an RBI triple to left before scoring on a wild pitch to wrap up the scoring in the frame.
Preston Rosales earned the win in relief. He allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits and four walks, with two strikeouts in four innings. Gavin Kinney earned the saved after blanking Queen City over the final two innings. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Cole Lee took the loss in relief after allowing four runs on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts in three innings of work.
Cedeno went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Ehlen had three hits, an RBI and scored a team-high three runs out of the leadoff spot. Kinder doubled and tripled, driving in one and scoring a run.
JOPLIN 6, OZARK 2
Hunter Hatfield earned the victory for the Outlaws. A Pierce City native playing for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Hatfield tossed four scoreless inning, giving up just two hits.
Tyler Gum and Malachi Crone pitched in relief. Gum allowed one run on two hits in one inning while striking out three. Crone gave up one run in two innings.
Ehlen went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Kinder drove in two runs.
The Outlaws pushed across a run in the second inning, as Kinder reached on an error and later scored from third on a wild pitch.
Joplin added a pair of runs in the second. Ehlen singled, stole second and third and then came home on an error. Mike Million walked and later scored on Kinder’s RBI double to left.
Kinder’s sacrifice fly allowed Ehlen to score in the fifth, giving the Outlaws a 4-0 cushion.
The Ozark Wild got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on Tommy Woods’ RBI single. The hosts stranded the bases loaded later in the frame, as Riverton's Gum maneuvered out of trouble.
Joplin added two insurance run in the sixth. David Butterfield and Jack Hanstad both singled before Damian Acosta followed with a run-scoring double to left. Hanstad later charged home after a passed ball,
The Wild received an RBI triple from Riley Herron in the seventh.
The Outlaws host the Midwest Nationals at 7 tonight at Joe Becker Stadium in the home opener that will have 50-cent hot dogs and a postgame fireworks display. The Outlaws begin their MINK League schedule Saturday at 6 against Sedalia.