Custer's big bat helps Osage knock off Eldon, Macks Creek splits with Weaubleau and Humansville and Climax Springs shut down by Stover

Custer’s big bat helps Osage knock off Eldon

Robert Custer was locked in for Osage on Monday.

Custer was highly productive at the plate driving in four runs off three hits and the Indians beat visiting rival Eldon 9-4.

Osage tallied 14 hits overall before the night was through in a game it never trailed in with Custer, Aaron Hancock, Michael Lasater and Brockton McLaughlin all putting up multiple hits.

After a solid start with three runs in the first, the Indians built up a 5-0 lead through the third before the Mustangs started their comeback effort and Eldon cut the gap to a single run by the middle of the sixth. Unfortunately for the visitors, Osage decided to add some insurance with four more runs in the bottom of the inning to seal it as Braden and Brockton McLaughlin, Traygen Whittle and Custer all drove in runs.

Eldon did not have a bad offensive outing either, totaling 11 hits on the night. Fisher Snelling, Zach Graham and Dawson Brandt all had two hits to pace the Mustang bats and only three players out of the 11 who went to the plate came up empty in the hit department. Braydy Hill, Corbin Harrison, Charlie Mays and Jason Holland all put up an RBI each.

Trey Rassenfoss got the start for Osage and the pitcher turned in another complete game performance, allowing four runs, three earned, on 11 hits while striking out nine and walking one in seven innings.

Brandt was on the opposing bump and was charged with the loss on five runs, none earned, while striking out and walking two in three innings. Snelling worked 2 2/3 innings of relief and Caleb Wood recorded the final out. The Mustangs were also tagged with five errors.

Eldon (1-9, 0-1 Tri-County Conference) was scheduled to visit Southern Boone on Tuesday and host Boonville on Thursday at 5 p.m. Osage (6-4, 2-1 Tri-County Conference) was slated to host Richland Tuesday before hosting California on Thursday at the same time.

Macks Creek splits with Weaubleau and Humansville

Macks began a very busy week of baseball on Monday by playing host to a pair of Polk County League Conference opponents, the Weaubleau Tigers and Humansville Tigers. The Pirates split the twin-bill, losing to Weaubleau 11-1 and defeating Humansville 9-5.

The first battle was a pitcher’s duel that remained scoreless through four innings. Weaubleau secured a single run in the fifth and then an offensive frenzy began as the Tigers added seven runs in the sixth to leave little doubt.

Macks Creek scored its lone run of the night in the sixth when a Carsen Strutz fly ball was dropped and another error allowed him to reach third where he was drove in on an RBI groundout from Zane Whitworth.

"Offensively we put it in play but we struggled to adjust to pitches again and we struggled defensively," Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said, referring to his club’s eight errors. "Never a good combination when playing against good baseball teams."

Hunter Lane (1-2) was tagged with the loss after 5 2/3 innings where he allowed eight runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out seven. Tanner Smith and Oscar Cortez finished the night.

The nightcap went much better for the home team as Macks Creek took care of the other Tigers in a game it never trailed after the fourth inning. A 5-run sixth inning erased any tensions of a game that had been postponed on March 28 due to inclement weather in the third inning of game tied at one run each.

"We did a nice job of coming out and ending the night on a good note," Trusty stated. "It took us a while to get things going but we were able to rebound in game two."

Colten Walter (3-0) picked up the win in relief. He worked the final four frames and was touched for four runs on one hit while striking out five and walking five. Cortez had started the game originally and had worked the first three innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking four.

The offensive production came from Grant English, Trever Smith and Lane who collected the team’s three hits. Smith turned in three RBIs and Cole Register, English and Cortez each posted an RBI as well. Humansville’s six errors also aided the Pirates.

Macks Creek (5-3, 3-1 PCL) was scheduled to travel to Hermitage on Tuesday and will visit neighbor Climax Springs on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Courtesy of the Macks Creek School District

Climax Springs shut down by Stover

Climax Springs hosted Stover at the ballpark Monday night and it was a tough outing for the Cougars who fell to the Bulldogs 13-0 in five innings.

Climax Springs was kept hitless on the night and managed to get four baserunners on with walks while another was hit by a pitch.

Jake Reed was on the mound as the starter for Climax Springs and was dealt the loss as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on two hits while walking and striking out three. Pake Moppin and Cole Smith worked in relief.

Climax Springs (0-8) was scheduled to visit Humansville on Tuesday and will host neighbor Macks Creek on Thursday at 5 p.m.