DIAMOND — The Diamond Wildcats ended a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win Wednesday over Miller and then came back with a 14-0 win Thursday over Sarcoxie.
In the 7-4 win over Miller, Diamond scored one run in the first and three each in the fifth and sixth, while Miller plated one in the fourth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh.
Christian Maturino swung the bat that mattered for Diamond with four hits in all four at-bats — he singled in the first, third, and fifth innings, then homered in the sixth.
Leadoff man Trey Marbough added three hits, while Logan Brock had two and Hunter Renfro and Ben Moreland each had one during a game in which three players combined for nine hits.
Renfro and Marbough each doubled.
Maturino drove in four runs and Brock, Moreland, and Renfro each picked up RBI, while Marbough scored three runs and Renfro and Maturino each crossed home plate twice.
On the bases, Noah Hubbard (who worked three walks) and Marbough each stole two bases and Brock, Maturino, Moreland, and Renfro each had one.
Brenden Ferguson allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings of work for the win, and he struck out four and walked one.
Renfro scuffled a little bit in his inning of work, allowing two runs (both earned) on no hits and he struck out three and walked three.
In the 14-0 win over Sarcoxie, Maturino proved double trouble for the Bears.
At the plate, Maturino’s grand slam highlighted a 2 for 4 effort at the plate with six RBI. He also hit a double, making almost the most out of his two hits.
On the mound, Maturino allowed one hit over five innings and he struck out nine and walked four.
Diamond scored three in the first, two in the second, five in the third, and four in the fourth in the abbreviated run-rule contest.
Hunter Russow led Diamond’s 12-hit attack with three, while Brock and Renfro joined Maturino with two hits and Marbough, Moreland, and Leighton Bridgewater each had one. Brock, Marbough, Maturino, and Russow each doubled.
Russow and Brock each drove in two runs, while Marbough, Russow, and Renfro each scored three runs for the 3-7 Wildcats.
Diamond improved to 2-1 in Spring River Valley Conference play entering their game Friday, weather permitting, against Lockwood.