On Tuesday night, the Camdenton Lakers made the long drive to West Plains for their eighth game of the season.
Luckily for the Lakers, they made the best of the long trip, going to work against the Zizzers before emerging with a 12-6 win.
Camdenton's bats were on fire during the first inning, as the Lakers scored six runs to start off the game.
After Oliver Thompson was struck by a pitch, Tyler Cunningham doubled to right-field with a line drive.
John McRoberts would single to right-field next, batting in Thompson. Cunningham and McRoberts would both score to give Camdenton a 3-0 lead. After Jordan Webster's hit to center-field landed him on first, Dylan Hymes would bat a line drive to center-field for a single, setting up Jake Voorhees to bat in a line drive to left field for a double, sending Webster home and Hymes to third. A hit from Bryan Hoffman would send Hymes in for a 5-0 lead before Josh Hitt would advance home on a throw before Thompson struck out.
Six runs, half an inning into the game, and Camdenton had a comfortable lead.
It wouldn't last long, though, as the Lakers gave up four runs in the bottom of the first. Laker pitcher Jordan Webster started off with a hit to centerfield, which was caught by Cunningham.
Webster's next two batters were both walked, and West Plains next batters hit the jackpot with a home run each, scoring three runs on the first hit and another on the second.
Webster regained his composure, though, striking out the next two batters for the last outs. Webster pitched for four innings and finished with four strikeouts. Jake Decker finished out the night.
Camdenton would slowly tack on more runs throughout the rest of the game, after maintaining their lead through the third inning with a score of 7-5. The Lakers picked up momentum again, scoring two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and another two in the sixth for a 12-6 win over West Plains.
The Lakers had seven different players finish the night with an RBI, and four batters with doubles. Oliver Thompson and Jake Decker both had a stolen base in the win.
The Lakers' next match-up will be on Thursday night at home against long-time rival Lebanon. The game starts at 4:30 p.m.
Coming off of a 14-6 win over the Osage Indians, the Eldon Mustangs continued their road trip on Tuesday night, heading to Ashland to take on the Southern Boone Eagles.
As luck would have it, the Mustangs would not be able to repeat their offensive performance from the night before, falling to Southern Boone in a 2-1 contest.
Page 2 of 2 - Eldon's Chris Hulsey pitched the game, throwing 105 pitches for 59 strikeouts. Eldon's defense stood their ground, but the team just couldn't get anything going offensively. Chase Cook finished the game with the only RBI for Eldon.
The Osage Indians have been facing an uphill battle so far this season, and their toughest opponent has been themselves.
After a loss to Eldon on Monday, in which Osage committed ten errors, the Indians knew they had to get back on track with their game against Richland, and cut down on the errors.
The Indians did just that as they sent Richland packing with an 8-7 win, their third of the season.
Richland scored first, but Osage's bats were more than ready in the Tuesday night matchup, as the Indians batted in two runs to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first inning.
Richland quickly tied things up, but Osage kept answering, eventually taking a 6-4 lead at the end of the fourth.
As the game progressed, Richland was once again threatening, but Osage pulled out a win thanks to the game-winning run from David Rossman.
Trevor Koncevic pitched the win, throwing for all seven innings. He finished the night with eight strikeouts
"We still committed four errors," Coach David Flaspohler said. "We cut down drastically, but we're still a long way from where we want to be. But we're taking the right steps."