Trey Turner can now go through the rest of his life boasting that — for at least one day — he truly was perfect.
The junior right hander simply dazzled on the mound in the first game of a doubleheader at McDonald County High School against the Mustangs and Cassville Wildcats.
Turner drew the Mustangs, and led Neosho to a 6-0 win. The Wildcats later downed Cassville 10-5 to move to 9-2 on the season.
Turner’s performance is certainly one of the main highlights of an already successful Wildcats season. He struck out 13 while facing the minimum number of batters (21) in the seven-inning affair. He also contributed a triple at the plate while going 2 for 3 at the dish with two runs scored.
Turner also went 2 for 2 at the plate in game two with a double and home run, thus giving him a combined cycle for the day.
“Trey had a wonderful day,” Wildcats coach Donny Pennington said. “I was very impressed with him on the mound. His last outing he struggled a little bit and today he came back and showed what kind of pitcher he can be. He had a dominating performance and had a great day at the plate, as well.”
Kody Kelly slugged a pair of hits for the Wildcats against the Mustangs, while Nathan Bankson, Tyler Johnson and Jayce Parmley each had a hit. Johnson, Kyler Finley and Kelly had an RBI apiece.
Neosho rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the third inning against Cassville with four runs to take a 5-3 advantage and never relinquished the advantage. Pennington’s squad scored in every inning but the second — pushing across two runs in the fifth — and slugged 14 hits.
Chris Paullus raked Cassville pitching for three hits and an RBI, while Logan Stuart, Kelly, Parmley and Turner all had two hits. Bankson, Brendan Craig and Nate Pool had a hit apiece, while Parmley and Turner had two RBI apiece. Bankson, Stuart, Paullus and Pool each drove in a run.
“Our underclassmen are hitting the ball very well right now, and these older guys are having a lot of fun,” Pennington said.
Parmley picked up the win on the mound against Cassville as he struck out six, walked four, allowed five runs — three earned — on two hits in five innings. Lane Brodie and Finley each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
The Wildcats travel for a COC Large Division showdown at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Branson.
The Neosho freshmen were at the Joplin Tournament over the weekend where they finished 1-2.
The Wildcats were bested by Webb City (9-1) and Carl Junction (11-4) on Friday, but they bounced back to take down Nevada 8-6 on Saturday behind strong performances from Jordan Keeler on the mound and Lucas Pool at the plate.
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Neosho’s 13-under team also brought home a pair of victories over the weekend at the Freeman Classic at Champion Diamonds in Nevada, Mo.
The Wildcats defeated the Wolfpack 8-1 on the arm of Hank Selig, before topping the Southwest Rawhide 5-1 on the wings of Clint Winchester, who earned the win, and Tyler Craig with the save.
The Wildcats have opened the season 2-0 and will have the No. 1 seed in today’s games. The 11-under team also played over the weekend, but stats weren’t provided at press time.