Lakers fall to Waynesville, Eldon drops game to Hallsville, Osage tops Versailles and Macks Creek and Climax Springs take on the Wheatland Tournament

Tough fifth inning hurts Camdenton in loss to Waynesville

Camdenton was on the road Thursday night for an Ozark Conference battle with Waynesville and the fifth inning spelled trouble for the Lakers in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers.

Trailing 2-0 after the second inning, Camdenton produced three runs in the third to gain the advantage before Waynesville tied it up with a single tally in the bottom half of the inning. Camdenton went back up 4-3 with another run in the fifth before the Tigers pushed ahead for good with another four runs in their half of the fifth.

The Camdenton offense produced seven hits and three more hits than Waynesville, but the Tigers' patience at the plate paid off as they took advantage of 10 total walks. 

Camdenton's Andrew DiBello, Cole Linch, Dylan Thompson, Brandon Pasley, Riley Stidham, Jack Welsh and Nolan Moriearty all recorded one hit each while Linch, Thompson, Pasley and Welsh produced an RBI each.

The pitching duo of Stidham and Welsh allowed seven earned runs on four hits while striking out six batters and walking 10. 

Camdenton (6-2, 1-2 Ozark Conference) will be in Republic on Saturday for a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon.

Late push by Hallsville sends Eldon to defeat in conference opener

Eldon played host to Hallsville for its Tri-County Conference opener on Thursday and a late offensive push from the Indians led to a 5-3 defeat for the Mustangs.

On a night where Eldon played its first game in nearly two weeks, the Mustang led for most of the night with a 3-2 lead through four innings. But Hallsville was not ready to go down without a fight and managed to bring in three runs in the fifth inning to create the final difference.

The Mustang offense was led by the bat of Drew Rodriguez and Austin Pipes as both put up three hits on the day with Rodriguez driving in two runs. On the mound, pitcher Corbin Harrison recorded seven strikeouts in his 4.1 innings of work before the late Indian surge.

Eldon (0-3, 0-1 Tri-County Conference) will look to regroup on Monday when the Mustangs host rival Osage at 4:30 p.m.

Macks Creek takes down Fair Play at Wheatland Tournament

Macks Creek concluded pool play in its part of the Wheatland Tournament on Thursday with an 8-6 win over the Fair Play Hornets.

Both sides put up a run each in the first inning and Macks Creek surged ahead in the third with three more runs. However, Fair Play answered back and methodically chopped away at the deficit with a run in the fourth, another run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Fortunately, the Pirates were able to add insurance with a run in the fourth and a late insurance run in the seventh.

Senior pitcher Gage Mashburn picked up his second win of the season with six-and-a-third innings of work. He was tagged for three runs, two on solo home runs, to go along with nine strike outs and one walk before reaching his pitch count limit. He scattered seven hits during his mound work. Junior southpaw Oscar Cortez worked one-third of an inning and was touched for three runs. He struck out one and walked five. Last but not least, freshman Tanner Smith recorded the final out to notch his first career varsity save. He walked one batter and struck out one.

"Gage came out and threw a good game for us tonight. Oscar struggled to find the zone in his time on the bump," Macks Creek Coach Jason Trusty said. "Tanner came in and did a good job of getting the final out to get us out of the jam.

"Overall we did a pretty good job on the hill tonight."

Offensively, Mashburn also helped his cause on the bump with a three-for-four night at the dish. He singled twice, doubled once and scored a run. Hunter Lane also provided a spark as the designated hitter after a game off, banging out three singles, scoring two runs and collecting three RBIs.

Colton Walter doubled, walked, reached on an error and scored three runs.  Tanner Smith collected a two-RBI-double and scored a run. Cole Register had an RBI-single and an RBI on a bases loaded walk and Trever Smith had an RBI-single in the contest.  Justin Register reached on a walk, had a sacrifice bunt, and twice made it on base by fielder's choices. Cortez reached on an error, a hit-by-pitch, a walk and scored a run.  Grant English got on by an error and had a sacrifice bunt.

Macks Creek concludes pool play at 2-1 and the Pirates will compete in crossover play on Friday, weather permitting, against the Lakeland Vikings at Skyline. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

OTHER SCORES AROUND THE LAKE

-School of the Osage hosted Versailles in Tri-County Conference action Thursday night and the Indians defended their home field with an 11-0 shutout over the Tigers. Both teams will compete in tournament action over the weekend as Osage hosts its own Wood Bat Tournament.

-Climax Springs was also in Wheatland Tournament action throughout the week and the Cougars concluded pool play 0-3 with a 15-0 loss to Skyline on Thursday. The Cougars (0-4) were scheduled to take on Wheatland Friday night and will visit Stover on Monday at 5 p.m.

These stories will be updated as soon as more information becomes available