Versailles baseball outlasts Calvary Lutheran

Plenty of runs were scored between Versailles and host Calvary Lutheran Tuesday night. Fortunately for the Tigers, they scored the majority of them in a 7-6 win.

Versailles scored five runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth. That proved to be enough with Calvary Lutheran scoring three runs each in those same innings.

Versailles’ Bryce Kephart had a big day at the plate with four of the team’s 10 hits and three RBIs while David Connor and Wyatt Espinosa added two RBIs each.

The pitching duo of Kade Marriott and Brett Clemens got the job done on the mound allowing seven total hits and eight walks while also striking out eight batters.

Versailles (4-10, 0-5 Tri-County Conference) will host California on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Eldon takes down Centralia

Eldon welcomed Centralia to the ballpark Tuesday night after a tough 5-1 defeat from Blair Oaks the night before and this outing went much better for the home team as the Mustangs came away with a 5-2 win.

The bat of Adam Neighbors paced Eldon with two of the team’s eight total hits while Chance Huff knocked in three RBIs and both Austin Pipes and Jasey Brand brought home runs as well.

The pitching duo of Darian Mergelkamp and Dawson Brandt allowed just five total hits while walking three batters and striking out five.

Eldon (10-7, 5-2 Tri-County Conference) will visit Tipton on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Osage comes up short at Warsaw

School of the Osage visited Tri-County Conference foe Warsaw Tuesday night and the Indians came home with a 7-4 defeat.

Osage struck first in the second inning when Derek Wickham brought home Zach Green with a single to make it 1-0 and the Indians soon added two more runs when both Braden McLaughlin and Drake Gaines scored after reaching on errors.

However, the 3-0 lead would not hold up as Warsaw piled on five runs in the third with four hits, a walk and an error. 

Trailing 5-3, Osage did not go quietly. Green drew a walk in the fourth that was followed up by another RBI single from Wickham to cut the deficit to a single run. Unfortunately for the Indians, that was the last time they would score as the Wildcats added a couple of insurance runs in the fifth. 

Gaines took the loss on the mound as the junior hurler gave up nine hits and a walk in 4.1 innings of work. Meanwhile, Wickham's two hits paced the Osage offense as McLaughlin and Isaac Yoder also recorded hit for a total of four. 

Osage (4-10, 0-5 Tri-County Conference) will visit Blair Oaks on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Camdenton hit with loss at Joplin

Camdenton visited Ozark Conference foe Joplin Tuesday night and it was a tough trip for the Lakers who fell by a final score of 5-3. 

The host Eagles did their damage early with four runs in the first inning, but the Lakers allowed just one more run in the fourth. Camdenton began a rally plating three runs in the seventh, but unfortunately ran out of outs. 

The bats of Austin Carter and Austin Stamper paced the Laker offense with two hits each while Nathan Pasley and Connor Loge each recorded a hit respectively. Pasley drove in two runs for the Lakers while Tyler Leek also recorded an RBI. 

Stamper and Kody Koon went to work on the mound for Camdenton and the duo allowed six hits and four walks while striking out five. 

Camdenton (7-12, 2-6 Ozark Conference) will conclude conference play on Friday night with a home game against Hillcrest. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Macks Creek falls to Iberia on senior night home finale

It was senior night at the ball diamond in Macks Creek on Tuesday and the Pirates welcomed in the Iberia Rangers. It was the visitors spoiling the festivities as the Rangers came away with a 2-0 win.

Macks Creek had their chances.

After Iberia went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, Macks Creek’s Cameron Charlton tripled to right field with two outs. A flyout to center by Jesse Linton ended the scoring threat.

The Rangers plated their first run in the second and added their final run of the night in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Macks Creek threatened again in the fourth when Charlton singled hard up the middle with one out and Gage Mashburn drew a walk with two outs. However, a strikeout followed for the third out.

The Pirates managed to put two runners on again in the fifth. Zane Whitworth singled with two outs and made it to second base when Chandler Charlton’s ground ball to third was thrown too high at second. Unfortunately, a strikeout would once again be the culprit that kept the Pirates scoreless.

Macks Creek put another runner on in the seventh when Oscar Cortez drew a two-out walk, but a Whitworth pop fly to left field was hauled in for the final out of the night.

“Offensively we struggled, but we threw well on the hill and made plays defensively behind or hurlers,” Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty stated.

On the mound, Mashburn suffered his first loss of the spring. The junior right-hander worked the first six-and-two-thirds innings before being lifted due to pitch count. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out seven, walking three and hitting one batter. The loss moves Mashburn to 3-1 on the season. Freshman Hunter Lane relieved the only batter he faced on one pitch.

“Gage worked out of a couple of jams tonight and got stronger as the game went on,” Trusty noted. “I really wish we did not have the pitch count. Otherwise, I would have let him finish the outing against the next batter.”

Offensively, Macks Creek put together just three hits. The Pirates were led by Cameron’s two-for-three night, which included a single and a triple. Whitworth collected the only other hit on a single in the fifth. Chandler reached on a fielder’s choice while Mashburn and Cortez each walked. Of the 21 outs recorded, the Pirates had 10 via the strikeout, 10 on a fly ball or pop up and one on the ground.

“If we were able to keep the ball out of the air and put it in play on the ground, we would have possibly had some more runners on the base paths tonight,” Trusty pointed out.

The loss is the third in a row for Macks Creek as the Pirates fall back to (.500) at 7-7. Macks Creek is off for the rest of the week before traveling to Laquey on Monday for the regular season finale. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District