CLARINDA, Iowa — The Clarinda A’s pieced together a pair of two-run innings Friday night en route to a 6-1 win over the Joplin Outlaws at Clarinda Municipal Stadium.
Four Clarinda pitchers — starter Travis Lavendier and relievers Tim Wieser, Brandon Andrews, and Nick Jones — combined on a four-hitter with Lavendier earning the win with six strong innings and the relievers pitched three nearly spotless innings.
Lavendier, Wieser, Andrews, and Jones combined for eight strikeouts and two walks, both issued by Lavendier. Lavendier gave up three of the four Joplin hits.
Blake Wynn (a teammate of former Crowder players Kyle MacDonald, Nate Alberius, Casey Vaughan, and Payton Lannon last season at Arkansas State) doubled and Kaleb DeLaTorre, Ryan Cedeno, and Joseph Kinder hit singles. Wynn and Kinder each stole bases, with Wynn tallying his 11th of the season, and Wynn scored the Outlaws’ only run, coming home in the third on a DeLaTorre two-out single after that double.
The Outlaws’ rally in the third was cut short when DeLaTorre was caught stealing at second.
The Outlaws managed just one more hit the final six innings, a Kinder single in the seventh. Joplin, however, loaded the bases in the fifth after a pair of walks and an error, but Clarinda turned a 4-6 double play to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Joplin starter Tyler McGrew took the loss, allowing three runs (both earned) on four hits over four innings and he struck out four and walked one. Leonardo Castro and Jared Wells each pitched a pair of innings in relief, with Castro allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits and one walk and Wells allowing one run (earned) on no hits but three walks. Joplin pitchers combined for seven strikeouts and five walks.
The Outlaws committed four errors.
Joplin dropped to 9-18 in MINK League play entering Saturday’s contest against Chillicothe.