JOPLIN — As the smallest school in the 12-team Paige Neal/Christina Freeman Invitational, times were tough for the Seneca Indians.

JOPLIN — As the smallest school in the 12-team Paige Neal/Christina Freeman Invitational, times were tough for the Seneca Indians.
The Indians lost all five games in the tournament and finished 12th. Their tournament ended with a 5-3 loss Saturday to Class 4 Joplin.
In their opener Saturday, the Lady Indians lost a 8-4 game to Carthage. The Lady Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a tie and earn the win.
Seneca took a four-run loss despite accumulating four more hits than Carthage.
Adron Durman and Mekaylee Beard sparked the Seneca offense with three hits each, while Chelsea Beville, Chaney Platner, and Gracie Heckart each had two hits. Beville drove home two runs and Platner and Beard each picked up the other RBI. Durman scored two runs and Beville and Heckart each crossed home plate.
Alexis Paynter homered and drove in two runs for Carthage.
Seneca and Carthage had their game rained out Tuesday and rescheduled for September 25, but the Lady Indians and the Lady Tigers played each other twice over a 24-hour span at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
In their opener Friday, the Lady Indians fell 18-6 to Carthage, as they allowed 16 hits and committed five errors against the Lady Tigers.
Carthage scored three runs in the first, four in the second, six in the third, one in the fourth, and four in the fifth, while Seneca managed one in the first, three in the second, and two in the fifth.
Platner led Seneca with three hits, while Platner and Beville each drove in two runs.
Paynter and Taylor Huston collected three hits each for the Lady Tigers, with Kali Godfrey, Sydney Peters, Hallie Patrick, and Aubrey Willis each responsible for two. Godfrey drove in three, while Paynter, Karley Crowe, Peters, and Patrick each had multi-RBI games.
Platner and Beville each homered, and Platner fell a triple shy of the cycle.
The teams combined to surrender 14 unearned runs.
Seneca, a Class 2, District 12 runner-up last season, lost pool play games Friday against Rock Bridge and Staley, 10-0 against both Class 4 teams. Rock Bridge defeated Webb City for the tournament championship.
The Lady Indians, 1-5 on the season, returned to action Monday for their home opener against Wyandotte (Oklahoma) and then the Lady Indians start play over the weekend in the Commerce (Oklahoma) Tournament.