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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Neosho tops Cassville, College Heights falls to Miller



NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho scored three times in the first inning and hung crooked numbers on the scoreboard three more times on the way to the win over Cassville on Monday.

Neosho’s three-run first inning was highlighted by RBI singles from Wyatt Keplar and Chase Flynn. 

Flynn added an RBI single in the third before Keplar followed with a bases-loaded walk to make the score 5-0. 

After Neosho crossed home twice in the fifth, Eli Zar notched a two-run single to left-center for a 9-1 lead in the sixth inning.

Lane Yost earned the win on the mound after limiting Cassville to one run on five hits, two walks and nine strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

Devin Bailey took the loss after allowing seven runs, six earned, on eight hits, three walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Flynn had three hits, two RBI and scored a run to lead Neosho. Kepler doubled for one of his two hits and scored a team-high three runs to go along with an RBI. Brett Slavens was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Neosho (2-12) is at Republic on Tuesday.



In a game played at Joe Becker Stadium on Monday, Miller scored twice in the second and once in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-0 lead. 

The Cougars plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut their deficit in half.

College Heights was limited to five hits in the game, as Nathan Williams went 2-for-3, while Rolen Sanderson, Benjamin Thomas and Joshua Allen all had singles. 

Thomas went five innings on the mound, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out two. Nicholas Brueggemann and Williams threw one inning apiece in relief for College Heights.

Miller’s Logan Adams went 5 1/3 innings, striking out nine and allowing two runs on four hits. Garrett Stewart struck out two in 1 2/3 of relief.

Jeffrey Lung went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Cardinals. 

Down 4-0, the Cougars rallied in the sixth.

Thomas singled to center and came home on Allen’s RBI single to left. Williams singled to center before Allen scored on a fielder’s choice. College Heights was unable to do further damage in the sixth and the hosts failed to score in the seventh. 

College Heights (3-4) plays at Providence Academy on Tuesday. 

PREP BASEBALL: Webb City blanks rival Carthage behind Mitchell’s solid outing


CARTHAGE, Mo. — Noah Mitchell tossed six scoreless innings and the Webb City Cardinals gave him more than enough run support en route to a convincing 8-0 Central Ozark Conference win over rival Carthage on Monday at Carl Lewton Stadium.

“We’re happy to get our first COC win,” Webb City coach Flave Darnell said. “I thought Noah did a really nice job tonight. He threw strikes and our corner infielders made some good plays. We didn’t feel uncomfortable when our defense was out there because of how many strikes Noah was throwing.” 

Ranked third in Class 5 by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, Webb City hiked its record to 12-2. 

A senior right-hander who pumped in strike after strike, Mitchell kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for six frames. He gave up just three hits and struck out two. Senior righty Eli Goddard struck out two in a perfect seventh. 

The Cardinals, who totaled six hits, were able to get on base and make things happen with aggressive baserunning while also making the most of four Carthage errors. 

“We were able to take advantage of some extra opportunities early and then their pitcher (Kaden Arr) settled down,” Darnell said. “He has a good breaking ball and he kept us off-balance. He kept us guessing. I thought their pitcher did an excellent job of settling in. We were fortunate to take advantage of those extra outs early in the game.”

Carthage received a solid outing from Arr, a junior right-hander. Arr allowed just six hits and struck out eight. 

“He threw great,” Carthage coach Luke Bordewick said of Arr. “He really kept them off-balance with his off-speed pitches. I just wish we would have played better defense behind him. Those errors take a pitcher out of his rhythm and can take a team out of its rhythm. We have to shore some things up before our game at CJ tomorrow.” 

Zach Geter recorded the final two outs for the Tigers (4-6). Carthage was limited to three hits, one apiece from Kanen Vogt, Caden Kabance and Sylas Browning. 

“That’s a COC arm, but we should have done better,” Bordewick said. “There’s no way around it. We should have hit better.” 



The Cardinals plated two runs in the first. Speedy leadoff hitter Devrin Weathers singled to right, took second on a wild pitch and then stole third. After Shane Noel walked, Weathers jogged home on Matt Woodmansee’s RBI single to right field. 

Noel came home on a double steal later in the inning, giving the visitors an early two-run cushion. The Cardinals stole three bases in the first frame. 

“We want to do that,” Darnell said. “We want to put pressure on the pitcher and the defense. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.” 

Webb City pushed across a single tally in the second, as Goddard singled and later scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Tigers had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the second, but Mitchell retired two straight batters to get out of the jam. 

In the third, the Cardinals scored four runs on one hit, two walks and four Carthage errors. 

Cole Gayman singled and later came home on an error. After Aiden Brock and Goddard both reached on errors, Brantley Carter walked before Eric Fitch contributed a sac fly for a 5-0 lead.

Weathers walked before Treghan Parker put the ball in play, and two runs scored on an error, giving Webb City a 7-0 cushion.

The Cardinals turned a 6-3-5 double play in the fourth to maneuver out of potential trouble.  

Webb City went up 8-0 in the seventh when Gayman delivered a sac fly. 



Carthage is at Carl Junction on Tuesday, while Webb City is at Ozark on Thursday. 


PREP TENNIS: Thomas Jefferson tops Neosho


Thomas Jefferson defeated Neosho 9-0 in prep tennis action on Monday.

The Cavaliers are now 6-0 in dual matches this season. 

At No. 1 singles, TJ’s Ian Ding defeated Kuhio Sohl 8-0. Noah Hamlett beat Christian Williams 8-0 at No. 2 singles, while Christopher Wheelen defeated Melvin Lopez 8-1 and Hari Nagarajan topped Ryno Lee 8-0.

Prithvi Nagarajan beat Blaze McKay 8-0 and Lala Qian beat Caden Kelly 8-0. 

In doubles, Ding-H. Nagarajan beat Sohl-Williams 8-2, Hamlett-Wheelen topped Lopez-Lee 8-0 and P. Nagarajan-Qian defeated McKay-Kelly 8-0.  

PREP GOLF: Joplin boys notch sixth team win of the season with victory at Horton Smith Invitational

Joplin boys golf continued its dominance to start the 2021 season after taking first place as a team in the Horton Smith Invitational on Monday at Schifferdecker Golf Course.

The Eagles earned their third tournament win with a score of 318, while Carl Junction placed second with a score of 330. Webb City placed third with a team total of 337, while Carthage (353) placed fourth and Nevada (359) fifth.

“They were kind of upset with their scores, but I told them, ‘Guys, you don’t want to peak too early,’” Joplin coach Jack Pace said with a smile. “Just enjoy the game right now and have fun. You want to peak around conference, districts and state. … I always say, though, when the kids feel like they aren’t playing to their expectations and they are still winning, that is a sign of a good team.”

Rounding out the team scores, Thomas Jefferson (370), Lockwood (387), McAuley (403), Seneca (413) and Sarcoxie (455) placed sixth through 10th.

Nevada’s Owen Swearingen finished with the medalist honors after carding a five-over-par 76. Carl Junction’s Noah Williams took second place after finishing one stroke back with a 77, tying with Joplin’s Kaden Park, who also carded a 77. Joplin’s Hobbs Campbell and Wyatt Satterlee both tied for fourth place after shooting 79 to round out the top five individual scores.

Joplin’s Fielding Campbell and Harry Satterlee tied for sixth with a final score of 80. Ethan Sage finished just outside the top 10 with an 83 for the Eagles, who have won all six of their matches as a team this season.

“The course was playing a little bit more difficult than I expected,” Fielding Campbell said. “I got off to a rough start, eight over after six holes, but I was able to grind it out and fire an 80, which I was not too upset with in the end.”

We kind of expected this because all of us have been playing a lot over the summer,” Campbell added about Joplin’s start to the season. “If we keep working hard, the success will continue for us.”

Carl Junction’s Zach Wrensch finished in a tie for ninth with an 82, while Jacob Teeter finished the round with an 83. Tommy Walker shot an 88, while Cooper Wyrick closed with a 90.

Webb City was led by Keegon Dill, who finished in eighth place with a score of 81. Braxton Cahoon shot an 84, while Cody Frazier finished with an 85. Jager Carter closed the day with an 87, while Carson Frazier shot an 89.

Britt Coy’s 83 led Carthage, while Owen Derryberry finished with an 87. Ben Nicholas finished with a round of 88, while Quinn Brewer shot a 95. Brandon Gacke’s 97 rounded out the Tigers’ fourth-place grouping.

Other notable scores from the area: Thomas Jefferson’s Owen D’Amour finished in a tie for ninth place after finishing with a round of 82. McAuley’s Evan D’Amour carded an 86. Nevada’s Logan McNeely shot an 88, while Lane McNeely shot a 95. Seneca’s Eli Olsen led the Indians with an 87. Lockwood’s Reese Fyfe finished just outside the top 10 with an 83.