CARL JUNCTION — The streaky Seneca Indians finished their season on a four-game losing streak, their last one a 6-0 loss Monday night in the Class 4, District 12 semifinals to the Nevada Tigers.
Nevada’s Braeden Hinton pitched a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and two walks contributing to 91 pitches over seven innings.
Seneca’s Cory Gaines took the loss and he allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Gavin Clouse picked up the final out with a strikeout.
Monty Mailes, Dawson Stephens, and Kale Schrader each had one hit for the Indians. Schrader doubled for Seneca’s lone non-single.
Nevada scored two runs in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the seventh.
Logan Armstrong led the Tigers with two hits, one run scored, and three RBI, while Branden Harder and Grant Miller each had two hits and Hinton, Peyton Denney, and Clay Gayman rounded out the hits. Harder and Gayman added RBI.
Seneca finished 12-13 overall — five straight wins to start the season, a 1-8 stretch, five straight wins, and then the four straight losses to end the season.
Nevada defeated East Newton 12-2 in a quarterfinal contest on Saturday. The Tigers scored three runs in the first, seven in the second, and two in the fifth to finish it off, while the Patriots scored their lone runs in the first.
Armstrong and Miller combined on no-hitter, as the two Nevada pitchers struck out five and walked two. Armstrong walked both
Gayman and Trenton Ellis led Nevada with two hits each and Armstrong, Jarrett Owen, Harder, Hinton, Denney, and Dayton Gayman rounded out the Tigers’ hits with one each. Armstrong, Harder, and Hinton each drove in two runs and Armstrong, Harder, and Jayden Ast each scored two.
Hunter Liveoak and Isaiah Stewart scored East Newton’s lone runs.
Kaden Cook took the loss and he allowed five runs (two earned) on two hits over one inning and he struck out one and walked two. Brett Pendergraft allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits over 2/3 inning and he struck out none and walked one. Jake Anderson allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits over three innings and he both struck out and walked three.
East Newton finished its season 2-18 overall, with the Patriots’ highlight a 5-2 win over conference and district foe Monett, who played Nevada for the district title on Tuesday.