CARL JUNCTION — The McDonald County Mustangs sure did have one productive week of baseball, producing a 4-0 record.
On Monday, McDonald County edged Shiloh Christian 4-3.
Two days later, McDonald County pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh to blow open a 2-1 game into a 6-1 win over district rival Carthage.
Two more days later, McDonald County swept Carl Junction and Riverton by 4-2 and 11-7 scores.
The Mustangs improved their overall record to 6-4 entering Tuesday’s game against district foe Webb City. The Cardinals are 6-1 after their win Friday over conference and district rival Neosho.
Meanwhile, on Friday against Carl Junction, McDonald County fell behind 2-0 after four innings, but the Mustangs scored two in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh to erase the deficit.
Grant Cooper gave a consistent, solid effort on the mound and he was duly rewarded with the victory. He allowed two runs (neither earned) on five hits over seven innings, and he was spot on with six strikeouts and no walks, although he did hit Dalton Honey with a pitch.
Joe Brown led McDonald County with two hits, while Ty Shaver, Charlie Moore, Izak Johnson, and Jordan Platter each had one. Moore and Johnson each smacked doubles. Brown, Tyler Stoutsenberger, and Johnson each drove in runs. Shaver scored a pair of runs, while Caleb Curits picked up a pair of stolen bases.
McDonald County’s RBI came in three different innings — a Brown RBI single in the fifth, a Johnson RBI double in the sixth, and a Stoutsenberger sacrifice fly in the seventh.
In the win over Kansas foe Riverton, McDonald County matched its highest run total of the season, 11 runs the Mustangs scored in the season opener against Mammoth Springs.
Against the Rams, McDonald County plastered Riverton with eight runs in the second and pushed across one each in the fifth, sixth, and seventh. Riverton scored two in the first and five in the third.
After his two-hit performance against Carl Junction, Brown outdid himself against Riverton with four hits — including a pair of doubles — and four RBI.
Shaver had two runs scored, two hits, and two RBI, highlighted by a triple. Stoutsenberger and Omar Manuel each had two hits. Moore’s only hit was a double.
Cade Smith earned the win, allowing seven runs (four earned) on four hits over four innings and he struck out seven and walked four. Meanwhile, Raygan Bradley allowed just one hit over his three innings of scoreless work and he struck out six and walked two. Smith and Bradley combined for 13 strikeouts.
McDonald County’s four wins in a row comes after three straight losses to Neosho (14-4), Joplin (4-1), and Grove (4-3).