Second-seeded Macks Creek began their run in hopes of a district baseball title on Tuesday night with a 6-3 win over the third-seeded hometown Wheatland Mules.

Second-seeded Macks Creek began their run in hopes of a district baseball title on Tuesday night with a 6-3 win over the third-seeded hometown Wheatland Mules.

The Pirates had received a first round bye in the Class 1 District 8 Tournament and hadn't played in eight days, but got the job done in a semifinal game Macks Creek never trailed after the first inning.

After Wheatland plated a single run in the first, Macks Creek answered back with three runs of their own and when the Mules cut the gap to a single run in the third, another three runs gave the visitors a 6-2 advantage. Wheatland managed to score just one more run in the sixth.

"You could tell we hadn't played in a while tonight, but we did enough to survive and advance," Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said.

"Wheatland has a good nucleus returning for them next year and Coach Dougherty will have them playing well again."

Oscar Cortez (3-0) picked up the win in relief of Pirates's starter Tanner Smith. The southpaw worked 4 innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out four and walking five. Smith had worked the first two-plus innings, being touched for two runs on two hits while striking out four and walking two batters. Hunter Lane entered and picked up his first save in the seventh, striking out the side with one walk.

The Macks Creek bats were led by Cole Register and Zane Whitworth. Register hit a single and triple and Whitworth drove in two runs to go along with two singles.

Trever Smith and Cortez had RBI singles, Grant English had a two-RBI single and both Colton Walter and Carsen Strutz finished with a hit each.

Macks Creek improved to 12-6 overall and was scheduled to face top-seeded Weaubleau on Wednesday in Wheatland for the district title. Weaubleau eliminated No. 5 Humansville by a score of 6-5 in the other semifinal.

Courtesy of the Macks Creek School District