In a game that was tied 2-2 through four innings, the Carl Junction Bulldogs went on to score six unanswered runs over the final three innings to defeat Seneca 8-2 in a Big 8 Conference bout at the Seneca Sports Complex.
The Indians (12-4, 3-1 Big 8) dropped their first conference game of the season. Monett, meanwhile, topped East Newton on Thursday to line them and the Indians up as the only teams with one loss atop the conference standings. Next Tuesday’s game between the Cubs and Indians should guarantee the winner of at least a share of the conference title.
Dalan Merriman doubled to open the bottom of the first for the Indians and later scored to make it 2-1, and Marty Mailes later drove in Kyler Ng to tie it 2-2.
From that point, it was all Tyler Armentrout. The Bulldogs’ starter shut down the Indians over the remaining six innings as he scattered six hits and struck out seven with three walks in seven innings.
Seneca’s Colton Webber went the distance on the mound and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Ng led the Indians with two hits, while Merriman, Cade Cornett Cole Lankford and Braden Larson had a hit each.
“(Armentrout) threw well and kept us off-balance,” Indians coach Chris Yust said. “We didn’t play our best game and they played well.”
Carl Junction also won the B game 5-1.
The Indians have a make up game at Springfield Catholic at 11 a.m. Saturday.