The Crowder Dirtbags scored four runs, including the game-winner in the 10th inning, to escape with a 5-4 win over the Ozark Generals Saturday night at Meador Park in Springfield.


The Crowder Dirtbags scored four runs, including the game-winner in the 10th inning, to escape with a 5-4 win over the Ozark Generals Saturday night at Meador Park in Springfield.

The Generals went up 4-0 in the game, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning and then single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Crowder got a run in the sixth inning when Chase Barnes (Neosho/Crowder/Pitts-burg State) walked and took second base on a baseball. Jared White then hit an RBI single to tally the team’s first run.

The Dirtbags (3-4) still trailed going into the top of the ninth inning, but then struck for three runs to tie it. Carter Marion (Neosho/Crowder)  led off with a single and moved up when Barnes drew another walk.

Blake Hageman (Coffeyville Community College) then hit an RBI single to score Marion. Then, Kevin Burgi (Garden City Community College) lined a two-run single into the outfield to tie the game at 4-4.

In the 10th inning, walks to Jeff White (Coffeyville Community College) and Barnes set up what was a game-winning RBI double by Kendall San Paolo (Crowder).

“We got good quality at-bats and we were patient,” Crowder coach Cary Marion said. “When you hit the ball, good things will happen.”

The victory went to Dakota Laufenberg (Texas Southern), who tossed three innings of relief. The Dirtbags used four pitchers in the game.

Bubba McGaughy (Crowder/Missouri Southern) started and tossed three innings, giving up three runs. Nick Wills (McDonald County/Eccelsia College) tossed three innings and yielded one run. Jesse Hale (Southwest Iowa Community College) tossed an inning of scoreless relief.

The Dirtbags return to action Wednesday, playing host to the Pittsburg Post 64 in a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.