Osage falls in extra innings to Russellville

Osage lost a tough one with Russellville in town Thursday night. 

Regulation was not enough to decide it so the host Indians and visiting Indians played an extra inning and an RBI single in the eighth resulted in a 6-5 win for Russellville. 

Osage got on the scoreboard first when a leadoff single and stolen base by Dalton Depeé led to an RBI single from Drake Gaines to put the Indians up 1-0. That slim lead held up over the next two innings until both offenses exploded.

The visitors came storming back and added four runs in the third inning and Osage brought in three runs of their own in the fifth to tie it back up. Kody Simmons began the inning with a walk and stolen base, which was followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Depeé and Derek Wickham. 

Russellville regained the lead and made it 5-4 in their half of the fifth, but Osage quickly answered in the sixth as Gaines blasted a solo home run to left center field. However, that would be their final run of the night. 

Overall, Osage collected eight hits and the Indian pitching staff did not have a bad day allowing just two earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out eight. It was four defensive errors that spelled trouble for the Indians.

Osage (2-1) will look to quickly bounce back on their home diamond over the weekend with three games in the Osage Wood Bat Tournament. The Indians kick things off with Richland on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and will follow the contest up with a game against Versailles on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Dixon at 4:30 p.m., respectively. 

Camdenton shuts out Waynesville

Camdenton hosted rival Waynesville in Ozark Conference action Thursday night and the Lakers came off the field with a 2-0 win over the Tigers. 

The Lakers did their damage early scoring a run in the first and second inning and that proved to be enough as the Tigers were held scoreless with just five hits on the night. Parker Stidham was a big reason for that as he threw a complete game for the Lakers, walking three batters and striking out seven. 

Meanwhile, the Lakers only collected five hits of their own but made them count. Austin Stamper's bat paced Camdenton with two hits while Haiden Randall, Stidham and Connor Loge picked up the other hits. Randall and Tyler Leek got an RBI each to make the difference on the scoreboard. 

Camdenton improves to 6-4 and 2-1 in conference play. Up next is a trip to Republic on Saturday where the Lakers will be in doubleheader action. Camdenton will take on Aurora at 1 p.m., and battle host Republic at 3:15 p.m.

Macks Creek wrap up pool play in Wheatland Tournament

Macks Creek completed Pool Play in the Wheatland Tournament on Thursday night.  They finished the night 1-1 and pool play at 1-2.

GAME 1 - Macks Creek 7, Fair Play 4

Macks Creek picked up a 7-4 win in the first game of their double-header on Thursday.

The Pirates struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Oscar Cortez drew a one out walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Cole Register. He would move to third on Cameron Charlton's double to the left field corner and later score on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.

Fair Play would plate three runs in the second, utilizing two hits, two walks, and an error to do their damage. The score would remain 3-1 until the fifth.

Macks Creek struck for two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chandler Charlton singled with one out and Cortez was beaned to put runners at first and second. A slow chopper to third off the bat of Cameron moved the runners up before Jesse Linton doubled them in with a line drive to left.

The sixth proved to be a big inning for the Pirates as they sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs. Gage Mashburn singled and stole second ahead of a Hunter Lane walk. Both runners would move up on a passed ball and Gage would score when Justin Register singled him in. He would steal second base. Austin Zollman then singled with one out through the left side to plate Lane and the score was now 5-3. Chandler Charlton singled in Justin, moving Zollman to third, and Cortez brought him in with a slow roller down the first base line to create a 7-3 cushion. Fair Play would get a solo home run in the top of the seventh but would not score again.

Macks Creek Sophomore Zane Whitworth picked up his first career Varsity win in relief of starter Oscar Cortez. Whitworth worked the final two-and-two-third innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out one and walking three. Cortez worked the first four-and-a-third innings, allowing three unearned runs on two hits to go along with six strike outs and five walks.

Offensively for the Pirates Austin Zollman banged out two hits in three trips to the plate to lead the way. He also scored a run and had an RBI. Chandler Charlton went two-for-four with two singles, a run scored and an RBI as well. Cameron Charlton and Jesse Linton each doubled, with Linton collecting two RBI's on his. Gage Masburn singled and scored, Justin Register singled, scored, and drove in a run and Hunter Lane walked and scored. Oscar Cortez walked and was hit-by-a-pitch to go with his two runs scored.

"We found a way to put some things together in the last two innings offensively and come out on top in this one," Macks Creek Skipper Jason Trusty commented. "It took us a while to make the adjustments but I'm glad we were able to make them."

GAME 2 - Wheatland 5, Macks Creek 3

Game two of the night featured a match-up of ranked Class 1 opponents. Wheatland, ranked No. 9 in the recent MHSBCA poll, and Macks Creek, ranked No. 10, battled for the second time this season and ended with the same results. When the smoke had cleared it was the Mules who came out on top with a 5-3 win.

The Pirates plated two runs in the bottom of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Jesse Linton, Gage Mashburn, and Hunter Lane all singled to load the bases. Justin Register then hit a ground ball to short to bring in Linton. Following a strike out for the second out, Austin Zollman lined a ball down the right field line. Mashburn would score but Lane would be cut down at the plate.

Wheatland cut the lead in half in the top of the third.  Bailey Jones reached on an error and stole second. A strike out and a fly out to center ensued before Zac Sutt doubled to left. Pirates's left fielder Chandler Charlton just missed the ball on a dive and Bailey scored. The Macks Creek lead was now 2-1.

In the third the Mules plated another run to tie it. With one out Michael Newman struck out but reached when the ball bounced off the catcher and rolled to the backstop.  Trystin Newbold would single and Javy Mendoza walked to load the bases before Bailey brought in Newman with a fielder's choice to second base that saw Mendoza erased on the base paths.  No further damage would happen in the inning.

Wheatland plated three more runs in the top of the sixth. After a strike out Newbold singled, Cole Claunch walked and Bailey Jones singled to load the bases. Austin Daniels walked to bring in Newbold, Devin Shields hit into a fielder's choice to score Claunch, and Sutt walked to push Bailey in to create a 5-2 lead.

Macks Creek would plate their last run in their half of the inning. Cameron Charlton singled hard down the left field line, Jesse Linton singled to right-center and Gage Mashburn reached to load the bases when his ball to short was misplayed. Hunter Lane then hit a ball to short, erasing Linton but allowing Cameron to score.  A ball back to the pitcher and a throw to third erased Mashburn and a pop out by pinch hitter Cole Register would end the threat. In the seventh Macks Creek would see Oscar Cortez reach on a hit-by-pitch but a deep fly ball to left field would end the game with him stranded.

Pirates's reliever Justin Register was saddled with the loss in relief of Macks Creek starter Gage Washburn  He worked one-third of an inning and allowed three runs on two hits while walking three and striking out one. Mashburn had worked the first five innings and receives a no-decision in the contest. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out six and walking three. Cole Register worked the final one-and-two-thirds innings and struck out two batters.

"Gage was a little uncharacteristically wild tonight with some of his pitches," Jason Trusty of Macks Creek said. "It's something that I know he will correct in-between starts and be ready to go with the next one."

For Wheatland Zac Sutt went the distance and finished with a complete game. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four, walking two, and hitting one batter.

For Macks Creek offensively they were paced by Jesse Linton's two-for-three performance. He also scored a run. Chandler Charlton, Cameron Charlton, Gage Mashburn, Hunter Lane, and Austin Zollman each also banged out a single in the contest. Cameron and Gage each scored as well. Zollman and Lane each had an RBI and Justin Register collected an RBI on a ground out. Oscar Cortez walked and was hit-by-a-pitch to reach base in the contest as well.

Trystin Newbold collected two hits in four trips to the plate to lead Wheatland.  He also scored a run. Zac Sutt doubled and had two RBI's, Tristen Shaddox singled, Michael Newman singled and scored, and Cole Claunch walked and scored. Bailey Jones reached on an error, a fielder's choice, and a single. He drove in a run and scored twice as well.  Austin Daniels walked twice and had an RBI, Devin Shields had an RBI, and Javy Mendoza walked in the contest.

"Right now we are a little 'Jekyll and Hydish,'" Trusty commented. "We've been in every game this season, but right now we keep going back-and-forth between playing consistently and playing inconsistently.

"I told the guys after the games were over that we have plenty of season left to make adjustments as we push toward our goal of another District title," the coach added.