With three games in the span of two days, the McDonald County Mustangs are probably looking forward to a lazy Sunday.
After opening their weekend with a 12-1 loss to the Carthage Tigers — the No. 4 team in Class 5 — the Mustangs answered with a pair of victories over Lamar and Purdy at McDonald County High School on Saturday.
The Mustangs (11-9) shook off Friday’s loss by pouncing Purdy 6-1, and Lamar 8-4, respectively.
After taking a 2-0 lead on the Eagles in game one on Saturday, the Mustangs saw the Eagles cut the lead in half with a run in the fifth. The Mustangs responded to the threat with four insurance runs in the sixth and never looked back.
Zack Peck, Jake Wood and Trenton Frazier collected two hits apiece for the Mustangs while Cooper Underwood, Evan Acuff, Mason York and Trevor Young had a hit apiece. Wood and Frazier both doubled in the game and Frazier added two RBIs.
York dazzled on the mound to earn the win for the Mustangs after yielding a run on three hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in seven innings.
Lamar bounced back from a 2-0 deficit in game two with four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take control 4-2. Perhaps that inning only awakened the Mustangs, as they answered with five in the bottom of the fifth to go back in front 7-4. The Mustangs scored another run in the sixth.
The Mustangs scored eight times on just three hits. Jake Wilkie doubled and drove in three runs for the Mustangs while Young and Wood also had a hit and drove in a run.
Mark Hull earned the victory on the mound for the Mustangs after allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts in seven innings.
On Friday, the Mustangs surrendered five runs in each of the second and fifth innings and two more in the third as Carthage won in five innings. Evan Acuff drove in the Mustangs’ only run on their only hit — a single to bring in Drey Fickle in the third inning.
Gabe Franklin started on the mound for the Tigers and allowed one hit with six strikeouts over four innings. Johnny Mills led the Tigers with two hits and four RBIs.
“They’re there for a reason,” Mustangs coach Nick Martin said about Carthage on Friday. “Those kids can swing it up and down the lineup. They’re well coached and they’ve got a great approach at the plate.
“We didn’t do anything to beat us. They earned it. They beat us by swinging it.”
The Mustangs entertain Webb City at 4:30 p.m. Monday.