Macks Creek cruises by Hermitage

Macks Creek picked up their second win in as many nights with a 16-0, five-inning victory over the Hermitage Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Pirates have outscored their opponents 33 to 7 in that stretch after Monday night’s 17-7 win over Weaubleau in five innings.

The Pirates plated one run in the top of the first. With two outs, Cameron Charlton struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. After being replaced by a courtesy runner, Jesse Linton hit a bouncing ball that bounced off the glove of the second baseman. Cole Register, running for Cameron, would cross the plate and give Macks Creek an early 1-0 lead.

Macks Creek added onto their lead in the third. Cameron hit a ball to the shortstop that was misplayed and Linton followed up with a double to left. Both came around to score when Hunter Lane’s ball to second base was misplayed and rolled into the outfield to make it 3-0.. Zane Whitworth singled with two outs and stole second, but he and Lane remained stranded.

Weaubleau threatened to score on a couple of different occasions, but strikeouts from pitcher Gage Mashburn ended any threats. The fifth inning proved to be big for the Pirates as a total of 17 hitters came to the plate and scored 13 runs.

Mashburn banged out two, two-RBI doubles, Linton had a two-RBI double and Lane drove in a run with a single. Each spot in the lineup produced at least one run in the frame.

"We had a good night at the plate once we settled in," Pirates's Head Coach Jason Trusty commented. "We started slow, again, but found a way to get it going in the end."

Mashburn ran his record to 3-0 on the mound. He struggled with control as he walked a season-high five batters, but only allowed two hits and struck out 11.

“Gage had some command issues tonight, but was still strong for us on the hill,” Trusty noted.

Offensively, the Pirates recorded a season-high 12 hits in the contest and took advantage of four Hermitage errors. Chandler Charlton singled twice, Linton and Mashburn each had two doubles, Lane Singled and doubled and Whitworth singled twice. Justin Register and Austin Zollman singled for Macks Creek as well.

Cameron reached on a strikeout/wild pitch, an error and two intentional walks while Oscar Cortez also reached on an error.

Cameron and Linton each scored three times, Chandler and Mashburn scored two and Cortez, Justin, Cole, Whitworth and Zollman crossed the plate one time each. Mashburn had four RBIs, Linton recorded two and Lane put up one.

Macks Creek moves to 6-4 while Hermitage falls to 3-5. The Pirates are back in action on Thursday when they visit Climax Springs. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District

Camdenton drops tough game to West Plains

Camdenton visited West Plains for an Ozark Conference battle Tuesday night and the Lakers came home with a tough 6-5 defeat.

Both sides were tied at 5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning until the Zizzers plated a single run to create the final result.

The Lakers were held to just three total hits on the night, but also managed to take advantage of two West Plains errors. Garrison Twitchell, Dylan McGuire and Parker Stidham each recorded a hit while Twitchell, McGuire, Brogun Betta, Stidham and Tyler Leek recorded an RBI each.

The duo of Betta and Stidham went to work on the mound for Camdenton and the two pitchers combined to allow two earned runs on seven hits while walking five batters and striking out six.

Camdenton (6-7) will host rival Lebanon on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Versailles falls to Hallsville

Versailles visited Hallsville Tuesday night and it was a tough road trip for the Tigers who came home with a 9-1 defeat.

Versailles recorded four hits on the night coming from Wyatt Espinosa, Kaden McGinnis, Gage Smith and Bryce Kephart while McGinnis brought in the lone RBI.

McGinnis, David Connor and Brayden Morrison got time on the mound and the trio of pitchers combined to allow eight hits while striking out four.

Versailles (2-6) will host Tipton on Thursday night at 5 p.m.

Eldon comes up short in defensive battle with Southern Boone

Runs came at a premium Tuesday night when Eldon visited Tri-County Conference foe Southern Boone. In the end, the Eagles came away with a 2-0 win.

The Mustangs mustered just one hit on the night from Kaiden Mays and managed to draw a single walk while striking out on seven occasions. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Drew Rodriguez worked all six innings and gave up three hits while walking three batters and striking out 10.

Eldon (5-2) will travel to Linn on Thursday for a makeup game at 2 p.m.