JOPLIN — The Clarinda As, the former collegiate summer team of baseball great Ozzie Smith, came into historic Joe Becker Stadium and swept three games from the Joplin Outlaws on Thursday and Friday, 15-4 and 6-3 on Thursday and 7-3 on Friday.

JOPLIN — The Clarinda As, the former collegiate summer team of baseball great Ozzie Smith, came into historic Joe Becker Stadium and swept three games from the Joplin Outlaws on Thursday and Friday, 15-4 and 6-3 on Thursday and 7-3 on Friday.
In the 7-3 game Friday, Clarinda scored two runs in the third, the fifth and the sixth, while Joplin managed only single runs in the first, the fourth, and the seventh.
Cam Bednar earned the win for the As, allowing two runs (both earned) on eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one. Parker Dent struck out three and walked two over two innings.
Hunter Wienhoff pitched four strong innings of relief, but Chris Lilly took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings.
Danny Mitchell and Mojo Hagge found their mojo at the plate in the series finale, combining for seven hits, five runs scored, and three RBI from the top of the Clarinda order. Hagge and Victor Perez each drove in two runs.
Joseph Kinder, Kaleb DeLaTorre, and Dalton Weaver each collected two hits to pace the Outlaws’ 11-hit attack. Matt Delavega, Alex Wheeler, and Weaver each picked up RBI and Zack Ehlen, Kinder, and Brett Macary each crossed home plate.
Joplin dropped to 8-17 overall after the three-game sweep, while Clarinda improved to 15-11.
In the series opener Thursday, Clarinda scored three runs in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth, and three in the seventh, while Joplin plated one each in the third and fourth and two in the fifth.
All nine Clarinda players collected at least one hit in the contest, with a four-hit game for Hagge, three hits for both Mondesi Gutierrez and Alec Paz, and two for Jordan Abushahla.
Kale Emshoff, Gutierrez, and Abushahla each homered for the As.
Delavega’s three hits nearly accounted for half of the Outlaws’ seven hits and Delavega, Calem Nutting, DeLaTorre, and Grant McDaniel each drove in runs.
Clarinda put a hurt on Joplin pitchers John Boushelle and Justice Hylton, and their respective ERAs. Boushelle allowed five runs (all earned) on six hits over 2 2/3 innings, while Hylton — a former Carl Junction standout — allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
In the middle game of the series, Clarinda and Joplin battled to a 3-all score after seven innings, then the guests from Iowa scored three in the top of the eighth for the doubleheader sweep.
Clarinda took advantage of a pair of errors and a Ryan Hunter RBI double for the win.
Samuel Reed retired the Outlaws in order in the eighth for the win.
Former Joplin High pitcher Tyler McGrew gave one of his best performances on the mound in a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. McGrew, who played for Neosho County (Kansas) CC last season, struck out two and walked none Thursday.
Blake Wynn, Wheeler, and Weaver each had two hits for the home team, with two RBI for Wheeler beginning with a solo homer in the first.
The Outlaws owned a three-game losing streak entering their game Monday night against the Ozark Generals at Barnhouse Field.