The Neosho Wildcats honored their seniors in a big way on Monday as they blanked McDonald County 10-0 in six innings during Senior Night in the Wildcats' home finale at Roy Shaver Stadium.
With eight seniors in the starting lineup, the Wildcats (13-8) started strong with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Keeping its foot on the gas, Neosho went on to plate one in the third, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth to wrap it up.
RBI doubles by Tyler Johnson and Kyler Finley in the first inning helped the Wildcats take a 2-0 advantage. The Mustangs threatened in the top of the second, however, by loading the bases, but the Wildcats escaped the jam and took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the frame behind an RBI single from Nathan Bankson and a groundout by Brendan Craig later in the inning to score Bankson.
Lane Brodie started on the hill for the Wildcats and allowed just one hit through three innings with six walks and two strikeouts. Trey Turner worked the final three innings in relief where he struck out three and surrendered two hits.
Johnson and Wayde Hartman both had two hits apiece for the Wildcats, while Finley, David Dean, Andy Lett, Nate Pool, and Bankson also had hits. Craig, Johnson, Finley, Dean, and Pool had an RBI apiece, while Bankson drove in two.
Johnson scored three times and Hartman crossed the dish twice, while Dean, Lett, Pool, Bankson and Zach Workman also scored.
"I was very proud of our seniors," Neosho coach Donny Pennington said. "Lane Brodie came out and did his job. We hit throughout the lineup and did a pretty good job. They're competitors, and I know they're all pretty good kids that want to win, they want to fight and they showed it tonight."
"Today we came out and hit and threw strikes. It's good to come out and get a win heading into districts. As long as these kids come out and believe in what we're doing, I feel we're going to do some big things this year. I still feel we are one of the best teams in the district."
Jake Wood led the Mustangs with two of their three hits in the game. Cooper Underwood also had a hit.
Along with loading the bases in the second inning, the Mustangs did the same in the third, but failed to muster any production from it.
"They played well, we didn't," Mustangs coach Nick Martin said. "We left the bases loaded in the second and the third. That pretty much took the wind out of our sails. They played well, they did what they were supposed to do and we didn't."
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Monday was the regular season finale for the Mustangs. They open play in the Class 4, District 11 Tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Seneca.