The Neosho Wildcats came away with a 2-1 win Thursday in their regular season finale at Roy B. Shaver Stadium, defeating Newton County rival East Newton on a Brett Cook fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wildcats earned the win on a day when they collected only three hits and committed five errors, not exactly the crispest or cleanest way to end the regular season.
In the end, though, a win’s a win and the Wildcats finish their regular season 11-13 overall. Neosho ended a five-game losing streak with a 8-5 win Wednesday over Central Ozark Conference Large rival Carl Junction, and Thursday’s win gives Neosho two straight victories headed into Monday’s Class 5, District 12 semifinal contest at Carl Lewton Stadium in Carthage.
East Newton dropped to 2-17 entering Saturday’s Class 4, District 12 contest against Nevada.
On Thursday, Neosho scored one run in the third and East Newton tied it up with one in the fourth.
Gavin Kelley, Mason Ray, and Jared Stephens each had one of the Wildcats’ three hits and Stephens doubled for the game’s only extra base hit. Clint Winchester, who worked a pair of walks, and courtesy runner Bret Camerer scored Neosho’s runs. Winchester stole three bases.
Kaden Cook led East Newton with two hits and Brett Pendergraft, Treyce Ball, Ethan Brummett, and Jake Anderson rounded out the Patriots’ six-hit attack.
Cole Seward, who earned the save Wednesday against Carl Junction, came back Thursday for the win and he allowed one run (unearned) on four hits over six strong innings. He struck out six and walked three. Kaleb Moreland pitched the first inning.
Four different Patriots took turns on the mound Thursday, naturally with their district game only two days after playing Neosho.
Cook allowed no runs on one hit over two innings and he struck out none and walked two. Pendergraft allowed one run (unearned) on no hits over two innings and he struck out one and walked two. Anderson allowed no runs on two hits over two innings and he both struck out and walked one. Brummett allowed the winning run (earned) on no hits over 1/3 inning and he struck out none and walked one.
Neosho seniors Winchester, Moreland, Hank Selig, Gavin Kelley, and Gavin Carpenter likely played their final games at Roy B. Shaver.