Urbana, Mo. - Macks Creek concluded pool play of the Wheatland/Halfway Tournament with a 7-3 win over Climax Springs on Thursday.  The Pirates finished 1-2 in the pool while Climax finished 0-3.

The Cougars started the scoring in the third.  Caleb Greathouse walked to lead off the inning.  Following a strikeout, Chase Wallace doubled to right-center to put runners at second and third.  Andrew Pryor then walked to load the bases before Alex Walker then singled, plating both Greathouse and Wallace and creating a 2-0 Climax lead.  After an intentional walk to Caleb Cline, Robbie Eaton singled to plate Walker, putting the score at 3-0.  A strikeout and a ground out ended the threat with the bases loaded.

The score would hold until the bottom of the fifth.  Lane Parrack and Cody Eidson both singled.  A missed sacrifice bunt attempt by Matt Hicks forced out Parrack at third.  Eidson would advance on a wild pitch and Hicks later stole second during the at-bat of Chase Schmidt.  Schmidt would walk to load the bases.  Jacob Devivo then ripped a ground ball to second, which was misplayed and allowed both Eidson and Hicks to score, cutting the deficit to one, 3-2.  With Schmidt at third, Jacob Devivo then stole second.  Brian Devivo then ripped a 2-0 fast ball just inside third base for a double to left field, plating both his brother, Jacob, and Schmidt.  Tommie Willis then singled to move Brian to third, who would later score on a wild pitch during Bricker Berry's at bat.  Berry would reach on an error at third.  A strikeout and a ground out would end the threat with the Pirates leading 5-3.

Macks Creek would score two more runs in the sixth.  With two outs Schmidt reached on an error at third ahead of a Jacob Devivo single to put runners at first and third.  Both would come around to score when Brian Devivo's ball to third was thrown in the dirt at first.  A ground out ended the inning with Macks Creek leading 7-3.  Climax would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game.

"We played much better defensively tonight and our bats came alive a little bit in the latter half of the game as well," Coach Trusty said.

Tommie Willis picked up the win on the bump for the Pirates.  He worked the complete game, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out 12 and walking five.

Chase Wallace took the loss for the Cougars.  He worked six innings, allowing seven runs, only two earned, on seven hits while striking out six and walking one.

Offensively the Pirates were lead by Willis' two hits at the plate.  Brian Devivo collected a two RBI-double while Lane Parrack, Cody Eidson, Chase Schmidt and Jacob Devivo all singled.  Bricker Berry reached base on an error and Matt Hicks made it to base via a fielder's choice.  Brian Devivo, Eidson and Hicks scored a single run each with Schmidt and Jacob Devivo each scoring two runs.

Chase Wallace collected two hits, a single and a double, to pace Climax Springs on the night.  He also scored a single run.  Alex Walker, Caleb Cline and Robbie Eaton all singled in the contest.  Wallace, Pryor and Caleb Greathouse each scored for the Cougars.  Luke Phillips also reached base once on a walk.  Walked collected two RBI's in the game and Eaton had one.

"Tommie threw well and I am glad we were able to get him the 'W' tonight," Trusty added.

Macks Creek moves back to .500, 2-2 on the season.