WEBB CITY — The McDonald County Mustangs entered Wednesday’s contest against Class 5, District 12 rival Webb City with a four-game winning streak after the Mustangs won games last week against Shiloh Christian, Carthage, Carl Junction, and Riverton.
The Mustangs unfortunately ran into Webb City senior ace Tyler Martin on Wednesday and though McDonald County starter Boston Dowd gave a strong effort himself on the mound, the Mustangs managed just a single hit against Martin during a 2-1 loss at Chuck Barnes Field.
Nebraska commit Martin allowed a Joe Brown double in the sixth, which brought home Oakley Roessler for the only Mustang run. Roessler reached on one of the two Webb City errors and then he stole second base and advanced to third on Dowd’s groundout. Brown delivered a two-hit RBI.
Martin, otherwise, was virtually untouchable and 15 of the 21 outs he recorded Wednesday came by the strikeout. Martin just issued one free pass.
Meanwhile, Dowd was nearly as effective as Martin, just with a vastly different methodology. Dowd surrendered three hits and he struck out four and walked one. Dowd finished with 71 pitches, 25 fewer than Martin.
Matt Duley’s RBI single highlighted the Cardinals’ three hits against Dowd and Will Larson and Bryson Matthews joined a club of four Wednesday with their hits.
McDonald County returned to action Thursday with a pair of games in the Mickey Mantle Classic — playing Diamond at historic Joe Becker Stadium and then Locust Grove at Mickey Mantle Field, both fields related to baseball legend Mantle. The Mustangs entered Mantle Classic play 6-4 overall.
Webb City, state-ranked in Class 5, improved to 8-2 with wins already coming against district foes McDonald County, Neosho, and Joplin.