Macks Creek takes down Climax Springs

The Macks Creek Pirates completed their week with a 17-2 win on the road over the Climax Springs Cougars Thursday night.

The Pirates plated seven runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Chandler Charlton was hit-by-a-pitch to lead off the game and Oscar Cortez walked. With one out both runners would advance a base on a passed ball and both would come in to score when Jesse Linton's fly ball to center field was dropped. Linton stole second before Gage Mashburn's ball to short was misplayed, allowing Linton to score. A stolen base by Mashburn and an errant throw moved him to third. Hunter Lane followed with a ground ball to second, which was misplayed, and allowed Mashburn to score. Lane would steal second and move to third on Justin Register's infield single. Zane Whitworth would single to plate Lane and move Register to third. Austin Zollman follwed with an infield single to plate Register, before Charlton followed with a sacrifice fly to left to push in Whitworth. A ground out to first ended the inning with Macks Creek ahead 7-0.

Climax responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Mason Apperson singled to center and then stole second. He would come in to score on a Dakota Davis single to left. With two out Blake Baum walked before a ball to third retired Davis at third.

Macks Creek plated two more runs in each the second and third innings. Cameron Charlton was hit-by-a-pitch and Linton reached on an error in the third. A fielder's choice on a ground ball to second off the bat of Mashburn loaded the bases. A ground out to third by Lane plated Cameron and Linton would score on Whitworth's soft liner to first. In the fourth Chandler walked and was erased at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Cortez. Cameron would single to right, pushing Cortez to third, with Cameron moving to second on the throw. Linton's ground ball to short was misplayed, allowing both Cortez and Cameron to score on the play.

The Cougars scored their second run in the third inning. Apperson reached on an hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a passed ball. He would then steal third before being driven in on a Davis ground ball to second base.

Macks Creek plated five more runs in the fourth, highlighted by Zollman's RBI-triple to right, in which he scored on a bad throw from the short stop, and Lane's bases loaded two RBI-single. Whitworth would reach on an error to lead off the inning and would score late when Cole Register drew a bases loaded walk.

"We've had three games this week where we've been able to put the ball in play and make the other team's defense work," Macks Creek Coach Jason Trusty said. "We were able to create pressure and score some runs again tonight as well."

Senior Cameron Charlton made his first start of the spring and picked up the win with his four innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five, walking one, and hitting two batters. Justin Register worked the fifth and allowed a single base runner to reach. He struck out two of the four batters he faced.

Blake Baum started and took the loss for Climax Springs. He worked the first three innings, allowing 11 runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four, and hitting one batter. Jessie McCartney worked two innings in relief and allowed six runs, four earned, on four hits while walking three, and hitting three batters.

The win was the third in a row for the Pirates and moves their record to 7-4 overall.  Climax falls to 0-7 with the loss. Macks Creek is off until next Friday when they will welcome the School of the Osage Indians to Macks Creek for a varsity tilt at 5:00 p.m. Climax Springs will visit Hermitage Tuesday night for a contest at 4:30 p.m.

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District

Camdenton comes up short against Lebanon

Camdenton hosted Ozark Conference rival Lebanon on Thursday night and the Lakers walked away with a 5-2 defeat.

Lebanon opened up a 2-1 lead after the first inning of play and the game remained that way until the Yellowjackets pushed across a few runs late in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Lakers racked up six total hits on the night led by the bat of Brogun Betta who put up two hits and two RBIs. Austin Stamper also recorded two hits while Connor Loge and Brandon Pasley each got a hit as well. 

The pitching duo of Parker Stidham and Stamper combined to allow four earned runs on 11 hits while walking four batters and striking out three. 

Camdenton (6-8) will visit Rolla on Monday for a contest at 6:30 p.m.

Versailles bats power Tigers past Tipton 

Versailles had no trouble generating offense against Tipton Thursday night as the Tigers cruised past Tipton 14-4 in five innings. 

Versailles put up four runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back.

The Tigers collected seven total hits as a team as Gage Smith and Taylor Dobbins led the way with two hits each while Brayden Morrison, Andy Clemens and Bryce Kephart also recorded hits. Morrison's bat drove in three runs, Smith added two RBIs and Clemens, Dobbins and Kayden McGinnis each drove in a run respectively. 

On the mound, it was Brett Clemens who recorded the win as he pitched all five innings allowing no earned runs on three hits while walking two batters and striking out 10.

Versailles (3-6) will play host to Southern Boone on Monday night at 5 p.m.

Osage comes up short against California

School of the Osage hosted Tri-County Conference foe California on Thursday night and it was a tough one for the Indians who fell to the visiting Pintos 5-1. 

California broke the scoreless deadlock with two runs in the third inning and that would be enough as Osage mustered just one run that came in the sixth. 

The Indians had just three total hits on Thursday night from Drake Gaines, Isaac Yoder and Braden McLaughlin while the lone run came off of a home run from Gaines as the ball flew over the left field fence.

Gaines took the loss on the mound for Osage as the pitcher allowed four runs off six hits while he walked three batters and struck out five. 

Osage (3-6) will visit Crocker on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.