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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Turner blasts four homers as Wildcats earn Saturday split

  • When Trey Turner unsuccessfully tried to bunt for a base hit against Ash Grove on Saturday, he received some good-natured criticism from a handful of his teammates as he made his way back to the dugout.
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  • When Trey Turner unsuccessfully tried to bunt for a base hit against Ash Grove on Saturday, he received some good-natured criticism from a handful of his teammates as he made his way back to the dugout.
    “Just trying to change things up a bit, you guys,” Turner told his teammates, who continued flogging him.
    “Why didn’t you just hit another bomb,” joked one coach.
    Turner, who’d already connected on two booming home runs against the Pirates earlier in the game, and sitting on three homers after hitting a third earlier in the day against Pembroke Hill, wasn’t going to hear it again in his next at-bat. So when he stepped to the plate with a runner on in this final plate appearance, he didn’t elect for the bunt and instead whacked a two-run homer to right. It was his fourth round-tripper of the day and gave him eight RBIs. The senior now has 10 homers for the season.
    His three homers against Ash Grove helped lift the Wildcats to a 13-4 victory. The Wildcats lost to Pembroke Hill in an earlier game on Saturday, 7-6, at Roy Shaver Stadium.
    In the first game the Wildcats fell in a 3-0 hole in the first inning when cleanup hitter Tyler Laplante rammed a 3-run home run to right to put the Raiders ahead. They would tack on another in the top of the second to make it 4-0. The Wildcats added one in the second before Turner led off the third with a solo blast — his first homer of the day — to make it 5-2, Raiders. The Wildcats would add another run on a Jayce Parmley double to make it 5-3 before going on to plate three in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead.
    The Raiders would later tie it with a run in the fifth and make it 7-6 with another in the top of the seventh. After back-to-back strikeouts in the seventh, the Wildcats tried mounting a rally after placing the tying run at second, but a pop out ended it.
    Turner and Parmley led the team with two hits apiece, while Colton Marion, Brendan Craig and Chris Paullus had hits. Marion drove in two runs.
    Parmley started on the mound for the Wildcats, striking out eight and walking two in six innings. He allowed six runs — three earned — on seven hits. Bryce Slavens and Caleb Johnston combined to allow a run in the seventh.
    They bounced back in a big way against Ash Grove, twice scoring four runs in an inning, and plating three in another frame.
    Meanwhile, starting pitcher Colton Marion cruised to the win on the mound after handing a comfortable lead to the bullpen in the sixth. He improved to 2-0 on the season after allowing four runs — two earned — on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Landon Decker allowed one hit, walked two and struck out one in two scoreless innings of relief.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think we were a little unfocused in the first game,” Wildcats coach Donny Pennington said. “I felt like we came out flat. (We had) a little motivational speech between games, and I feel like we came out a better team. Colton Marion threw strikes and he was able to throw is offspeed. That’s the key to winning.”
    Due to technical difficulties, complete statistics from the game against Ash Grove weren’t immediately available at press time.
    The Wildcats (12-5) are back in action on Tuesday when they host Republic at 4:30 p.m. at Roy Shaver Stadium.
    NOTE: Neosho’s game on Thursday at Ozark was suspended due to the weather in the fourth inning. That game will be resumed on May 8 at 4:30 p.m.
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