GRANBY — Coming off consecutive shutouts against Diamond and Locust Grove in the wood-bat Mickey Mantle Classic, of course McDonald County’s next game would be a high-scoring affair.
McDonald County plated at least one run in all seven innings and came out with a 16-7 win Tuesday night over Big 8 Conference rival East Newton at Patriot Field.
The Mustangs plated one run in the first, three in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, five in the fifth, three in the sixth, and two in the seventh, while the Patriots scored two in the first, three in the second, and one each in the third and sixth.
McDonald County accumulated 14 hits and took advantage of eight errors, five walks, and one hit batter by a young East Newton squad.
The Mustangs bruised and battered the baseball for five doubles — one each by Izak Johnson, Charley Moore, Joe Brown, Jordan Platter, and Oakley Roessler.
Boston Dowd, Brown, Moore, Platter, Johnson, and Roessler each had two hits and Ty Shaver and Micah Burkholder rounded out the hit parade with their individual hits.
Dowd, Platter, and Roessler each had three RBI, Johnson had two, and Shaver and Burkholder each had one. Dowd and Platter each drove in runs with sacrifice flies and Moore, Burkholder, and Roessler each had sacrifice bunts.
Shaver stole four bases and Moore added a steal.
Pitching wise, Cade Smith earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of solid relief, allowing one run (earned) on two hits and he struck out five and walked one.
Grant Cooper took a no-decision as he allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits over three innings and he struck out four and walked two.
Jorge Ruiz and Raygan Bradley closed it out with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Ruiz and Bradley each allowed no hits and Bradley only walked one, while neither pitcher recorded a strikeout.
The box score from Tuesday proved to be as every bit the challenge of the title in Johnny Cash’s “One Piece at a Time” — it took the whole staff and it weighed 60 pounds.
East Newton’s contribution included seven runs on 10 hits.
Hunter Liveoak, Brett Pendergraft, and Jacob Allman each had two hits and Isaiah Stewart, Ethan Brummett, Treyce Ball, and Kaden Cook each had one hit. Stewart tripled and Pendergraft doubled.
Liveoak scored two runs and Stewart, Caleb Coffey, Brummett, Cook, and Allman each crossed home plate once. Pendergraft, Coffey, and Cook each had the lone East Newton RBI.
Cook took the loss, allowing 11 runs (five earned) on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings and he struck out four and walked one. Pendergraft allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits over 1 2/3 innings and struck out one and walked four. Jake Anderson closed it out with 2/3 scoreless inning.
McDonald County, 9-4 overall and 1-0 Big 8, returns to action Thursday at home against Big 8 rival Cassville.
East Newton dropped to 0-8 entering their game Thursday against Lamar.
McDONALD COUNTY 16, EAST NEWTON 7
McDonald County 131 153 2 — 16 14 2
East Newton 231 001 0 — 7 10 8
Grant Cooper, Cade Smith (4), Jorge Ruiz (6), Raygan Bradley (7) and Joe Brown. Kaden Cook, Brett Pendergraft (5), Jake Anderson (7) and Hunter Liveoak. WP: Smith. LP: Cook. 3B: Isaiah Stewart. 2B: Izak Johnson, Charley Moore, Brown, Jordan Platter, Oakley Roessler; Pendergraft. SF: Boston Dowd, Platter. SH: Moore, Micah Burkholder, Roessler; Cook. SB: Ty Shaver 4, Moore; Ethan Brummett. HBP: David Roark; Stewart. LOB: McDonald County 6, East Newton 7.