One big inning helped the Seneca Indians pound Cassville 11-0 in five innings and advance to the Class 4, District 11 championship on Tuesday.
Monett also advanced with a 10-0 victory in six innings over East Newton. Seneca will play the Cubs for the district title at 6 p.m. today at Seneca.
The signs of the Indians’ big day were visible early as Dalan Merriman led off the game with a double and scored on a grounder by Colton Webber to make it 1-0. They added another run in the inning behind a pair of errors to take a 2-0 advantage.
It remained 2-0 until the fourth. Brett Roark led off the inning with a single and scored on Cole Lankford’s triple. Kyler Ng later doubled to score Braden Larson and Webber drove in another run on a fielder’s choice. Marty Mailes later added a two-run single to punctuate the inning.
“We had a couple of hits to lead off the inning and kind of took advantage of it,” Indians coach Chris Yust said.
Webber, meanwhile, was dominant on the mound as he held the Wildcats to three hits on six strikeouts and no walks in the complete-game victory. Ng finished with two hits, scored twice and had an RBI. Mailes also had two hits with a run scored and an RBI while Roark had two hits and an RBI.
Merriman had a hit and scored once, while Webber had a hit, scored once, stole two bases and had two RBIs, Payton Rawlins had a hit and scored twice, Lankford had a hit, scored once and had two RBIs and Larson had a hit, RBI and a run scored.
Ng and Merriman both doubled.
Monett scored three runs in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings and never looked back in its win over East Newton.
Kyle McCallister had three hits to lead the Cubs, while Zack Hammond, Cameron Witt and Aaron Patton had two hits. Hammond and McCallister and Witt doubled, while Patton finished with three RBIs.
Witt, a freshman lefthander, pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Rocky Liveoak and Cody Jordon had the lone hits for the Patriots.