Cassville Arrows, a future member of the MINK League, scored the winning run in the top of the ninth for a dramatic 12-11 victory Tuesday night over the Joplin Outlaws at historic Joe Becker Stadium.

Cassville Arrows, a future member of the MINK League, scored the winning run in the top of the ninth for a dramatic 12-11 victory Tuesday night over the Joplin Outlaws at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
Shilo Thompson led off the decisive top of the ninth with a walk against Joplin closer Trenton Moeller, advanced to second on a Colton Vaught sacrifice and then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored the go-ahead run on Kemper Smith’s two-out single.
Alex Dyer came on for Dirk Diggler in the bottom half of the ninth and he overcame first an error and then a walk, helped out by a game-ending 4-5 double play turned against former Joplin High players and current Outlaw teammates Tyler McGrew and Paul Hilbert.
Diggler earned the win for the Arrows, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits over four innings. He both struck out and walked none.
Former Daily News coverage area standouts played for Cassville.
Starting pitcher Bryce Slavens (Neosho) took a no-decision, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked two. Slavens remained 1-4 on the season with a 6.02 ERA in six stars, with 32 walks and 23 strikeouts over 40 1/3 innings.
Slavens’ former high school battery mate Marcus Crawford went 0 for 4 on the surface Tuesday night, but looking a little deeper at the numbers, Crawford scored a run and drove in a pair from the No. 7 hole in the Arrows order.
Batting at the top of the order, former East Newton standout Rocky Liveoak finished 2-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Liveoak doubled leading off the game against Joplin starter Chris Lilly and his single in the nine-run sixth brought home Crawford.
That big inning included Thompson’s two-run double and a Leigh Cox RBI double, as well as two-run plays for Tanner Ryan and Crawford.
The game Tuesday proved to be one filled with great mood swings on the scoreboard.
For example, Cassville scored the first run of the game (Liveoak came home on a Trynton Tompkins single), Joplin pieced together a 9-2 lead behind four in the second and five in the fourth, Cassville exploded for a 11-9 lead after 5 1/2 after an nine-run outburst, and Joplin tied it up at 11 after one in the sixth and one in the eighth.
The Outlaws dropped to 9-21 overall this season. Alex Wheeler hit a pair of solo home runs and Jeff Wetzler knocked a two-run triple in the four-run second.
Joplin returned to action Wednesday against the Nevada Griffons and the Outlaws do not return home until Monday, finding a couple days for home games between the Missouri Junior Babe Ruth 15U state tournament and the Premier Junior Championship played at Joe Becker.