Miscues plagued the Neosho Wildcats on Thursday as they fell to the Nixa Eagles 6-0 in a Central Ozark Conference Large Division showdown at Roy Shaver Stadium.
The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back. Scott Minehardt opened the game by reaching on an error and went to second on a single by Kyle Robillard and to third on a walk to Jacob Karlson to load the bases. Minehardt then scored on a wild pitch and Robillard came home on a groundout to make it 2-0.
Two errors and a wild pitch produced Nixa’s third run, and their fourth run, which reached on an error, came across on an Austin Hyde double to make it 4-0. The Eagles scored their fifth run on a balk as they plated two in the sixth.
Blade Keller went the distance on the mound for the Eagles and held the Wildcats to four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Trey Turner, who probably deserved better, started on the mound for the Wildcats and was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Lane Brodie worked the final two innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit with two walks.
Kody Kelly had two hits to lead Neosho’s offense while Turner, who doubled, and Brendan Craig also had a hit each.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday for a make up game at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon.