PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Neosho Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead Monday in their game against the Pittsburg Purple Dragons at Al Ortolani Field on the campus of Pittsburg State, but the Purple Dragons scored five runs in the second and six in the fifth en route to a 14-4 run-rule win.
Originally scheduled for Roy B. Shaver Stadium, a scheduling conflict with Neosho Junior High baseball forced the change in venue. With rivals St. Mary’s Colgan and Frontenac already scheduled to play Monday at Jaycee Ballpark, nominally Pittsburg’s home field, it came down to playing at all-turf Al Ortolani.
Caden Bressler led Pittsburg with three hits, while Jerek Butcher, Ben Boekhout, and Brett Wiemers each had two for the Purple Dragons. Trenton Austin, Dalton Gromer, and Tye Cicero each rounded out Pittsburg’s 12-hit attack with one tally each.
Boekhout, Cicero, and Bressler each scored three runs and Brandon Petty, courtesy runner for catcher Gromer, scored twice.
Wiemers sparked Pittsburg’s offense with five RBI — not bad for the No. 9 hitter in the Purple Dragons lineup. Wiemers hit the go-ahead two-run triple in the second and a two-run single in the fifth, taking advantage of his speed in the former.
Additionally, Neosho hurt itself with five errors and eight walks.
Dylan White earned the win on the mound with four runs allowed (all earned) on six hits over 3 1/3 innings and he struck out four and walked seven. White benefited heavily from both an offense that generated all those runs and a defense that committed no errors behind him.
Offensively for the Wildcats, Brett Cook led the way with two hits and two RBI, while Clint Winchester had two hits and two runs scored. Mason Ray worked three walks and Kaleb Moreland had two in a changed Neosho lineup. Cook and Winchester both doubled.
On the mound, Moreland took the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over two innings. He struck out one and walked three. Kaden King pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Gavin Kelley came on in the fifth and couldn’t get the final out, and he surrendered the game-ending run.
Neosho dropped its third straight contest to go to 4-6 on the season and the Wildcats returned to action Thursday, weather permitting, in the Mickey Mantle Classic against Miami.