JOPLIN — Neosho pitchers Kaleb Moreland and Cole Seward combined on a four-hit shutout and the Wildcats pushed across three runs in the top of the eighth inning en route to a 3-0 win Friday over Sequoyah in the Mickey Mantle Classic at Joe Becker Stadium.

With one down in the eighth, Seward reached on a single and then Sequoyah failed to convert on a possible inning-ending double play, as Mason Ray reached on a fielder's choice and Seward advanced to third on a throwing error.

That's when A.C. Marion, Jared Stephens, and Clint Winchester delivered consecutive RBI singles.

In the bottom of the eighth, Seward picked up two strikeouts to start the frame and then induced Logan Bush into a game-ending fly out after Payton Holloway connected on a two-out single.

In the bottom of the seventh, Neosho senior left fielder Gavin Kelley made a laser beam of a throw to gun down the potential winning run — Jeffery Vance — at the plate and send the game to extras. Kelley displayed the arm of a quarterback.

The Wildcats seemed to feed off that huge defensive play at the plate against Sequoyah starter Braden Smith, who pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings before the Wildcats' bats came alive in the eighth.

"It was do-or-die at that point," Neosho head coach Danny Powers said, "and Gavin just came up and threw an absolute laser and a strike. You get that kind of momentum swing and you feel good when you come up to the plate to hit next.

"We got a little lucky. They misplayed a ball that maybe could have been a double play to end the inning. We took advantage of it. We didn't get just one across, we got several hits after that with insurance runs that helped us out."

Moreland took the no-decision, allowing two hits over the first 5 1/3 innings and he struck out three and walked none.

Seward earned the win, allowing two hits over the final 2 2/3 innings and he struck out two and walked none.

On top of that, the Neosho defense committed no errors.

In other words, Sequoyah only reached base four times all game against Neosho, all on singles by Vance (two), Logan Bush, and Holloway. No errors, no walks, no hit batters.

"Think it was the first game we played where we were errorless," Powers said. "Kaleb did a great job. We had to cap him at 75 pitches, so he could come back on Tuesday (conference game against Nixa). We had him right at 74. Then, Cole's been doing a great job coming in relief all year."

Moreland and Seward finished with a combined 94 pitches against 28 total batters.

Meanwhile, Stephens led the offense with two hits, including the game's only extra base hit. Seward, Marion, Winchester, and Moreland each hit singles.

Kelley, who did not bat Friday, easily made the game's biggest play.

Neosho improved to 6-6 overall and the Wildcats reached the Triple Crown Division championship game where they would play McDonald County on Saturday, of course weather permitting.

Early Saturday morning, it was announced that all of Saturday's games were scrapped. Mother Nature won again.