The 9-20 Joplin Outlaws host future MINK League member Cassville Arrows tonight with a 7 p.m. first pitch at historic Joe Becker Stadium.

The 9-20 Joplin Outlaws host future MINK League member Cassville Arrows tonight with a 7 p.m. first pitch at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
In a previous Tuesday night meeting of the teams at Joe Becker, Joplin defeated Cassville 8-2 and former Neosho High standout pitcher Bryce Slavens took the loss for the Arrows.
Slavens allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings, with seven strikeouts and four walks. Slavens pitched to former high school teammate Marcus Crawford.
At the plate, Crawford finished 1 for 3 with a single and one walk. Crawford hit a first-pitch single leading off the game against Joplin starter Hunter Huckabee, but the Outlaws turned a 5-4-3 double play four pitches later. During his high school career, batting in the No. 2 spot behind fleet-of-foot leadoff man Colton Marion, Crawford often did not have the luxury of swinging at the first pitch.
Crawford has signed to continue his academic and athletic career at Independence (Kansas) Community College, who plays in the rugged Jayhawk Conference.
Former East Newton standout Rocky Liveoak went hitless in three at-bats, but pitched a scoreless inning for the Arrows. Liveoak allowed one hit, struck out two, and walked two.
Liveoak played for NAIA Missouri Valley. In the 2016 season, he finished 1-2 with a 8.57 ERA.
The Outlaws lost their first two games after the MINK League all-star break, but came back with a 4-2 win Sunday over the Jefferson City Renegades.
Joplin scored three runs in the ninth to turn a 2-1 deficit completely upside down and the Outlaws managed to overcome 11 runners left behind on the night.
Jacob Compton earned the win and Trenton Moeller the save for the Outlaws, both arms from the bullpen. Compton pitched a scoreless eighth and Moeller a scoreless ninth. Former Joplin High pitcher Tyler McGrew took a no-decision, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Zack Ehlen, Blake Wynn, and Dalton Weaver each led the Outlaws with two hits. Ehlen stole his 15th base of the season.
Joplin earned six all-star selections: Matt Delavega (the team leader in RBI), Jeff Wetzler, Wynn, Ehlen, Christian Cedeno, and Moeller. Calem Nutting participated in the Home Run Derby. Delavega leads the Outlaws with three homers and 25 RBI.