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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Big sixth helps Wildcats down WC

  • Just when it seemed like the Webb City Cardinals had Neosho on the ropes in the fifth inning, the Wildcats caught their second wind and rallied for five runs to put the Cardinals away, 9-4, on Tuesday.
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  • Just when it seemed like the Webb City Cardinals had Neosho on the ropes in the fifth inning, the Wildcats caught their second wind and rallied for five runs to put the Cardinals away, 9-4, on Tuesday.
    After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the second, the Wildcats watched as the Cardinals scratched their way back in it with a run in the second, two in the third and another in the fifth to tie it 4-4.
    The Wildcats would get it all back the next half inning though, as Jayce Parmley lined a triple to right and scored the go-ahead run on Kody Kelly’s single to make it 5-4. After loading the bases the Wildcats would get another run on a groundout and Trey Turner was intentionally walked to load the bases again before Colton Marion lined a two-out, two-strike double into left-center to plate three runs and give the Wildcats a 9-4 lead.
    That was all the support Neosho’s pitching staff would need. Turner, Neosho’s starting pitcher, would make way for southpaw Bryce Slavens to close it out on the mound in the seventh. Turner got the win on the mound after scattering four runs (three earned) on five hits with six walks and nine strikeouts in six innings. Slavens worked a scoreless seventh, allowing two hits and striking out one.
    Parmley’s clutch triple was his second three bagger of the game. He finished tops on the team with three hits and a run scored. Turner narrowly missed an inside-the-park home run when he was thrown out on the relay to home, but still managed to drive in a run on the triple to put the Wildcats ahead. It was his second hit of the game and aided his own cause as he drove in a run and scored once.
    Marion, Brendan Craig, Kelly, Alec Gorham and Chris Paullus also had hits. Paullus doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice. Marion finished with two RBIs. Colton Thorne and Kelly also had an RBI.
    “Trey came out and competed,” Neosho coach Donny Pennington said. “I think he might have been a little tired from painting Senior Hill today. I was a little concerned about that, even though Trey’s probably going to tell me he’s OK, but Trey’s a competitor and did a great job.
    “We also came out and hit the ball. We got key hits, bases loaded, two outs and Colton Marion hits one in the gap to clear the bases. Those are the kinds of things that are going to propel us to win a district title and move on.”
    It was also a key COC Conference win for the Wildcats, who improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the league.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Webb’s a great team,” Pennington said. “Coach (Chris) Taylor is a great coach. He’s always got them prepared, so you know it’s going to be a battle every time.”
    Fans should note that there’s been a change in Neosho’s schedule coming up. The Wildcats were initially scheduled to play a home game against Mount Vernon on Thursday, but due to the need to make up an earlier conference postponement against Ozark, that game has been scratched and the Wildcats will instead travel to Ozark for a 4:30 p.m. tilt on Thursday. The Wildcats will then be at McDonald County at 4:30 p.m. Monday before concluding the regular season at home against East Newton next Thursday at 4:30.
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