JOPLIN — Joplin Outlaws pitcher Tyler McGrew has already been honored as the MINK League pitcher of the week this season and he could be once again after his performance Saturday night against the MINK’s owner of the best overall record, the Sedalia Bombers, at historic Joe Becker Stadium. Guess why not save the best for the last home game this season for the Outlaws.
Over six innings of work, McGrew struck out 11 and walked three and he allowed two runs on four hits — over half of McGrew’s outs came by the strikeout.
He (mostly) deflated the Bombers, in other words, and Joplin came out with a 8-2 victory.
Leonardo Castro pitched the final three innings and he came away with no runs allowed on no hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
All told, McGrew and Castro combined for 16 strikeouts and seven walks.
Sedalia plated single runs in the first two innings (Ryan Flores and Nick Hagedorn) and Joplin answered with one in the first, four in the third, and three in the sixth.
Leading off the first, Blake Wynn singled and reached second on an error by the center fielder, then he advanced to third on Spencer Larson’s single and scored on a Kaleb DeLaTorre fundamentally sound RBI groundout to the right side.
Joplin plated four in the third behind three consecutive run-scoring hits, a Joseph Kinder RBI single, an Alec Capshaw RBI single, and an Andrew McKenzie two-run double. By the way, all three hits came with two outs.
DeLaTorre worked a bases loaded walk in the sixth and Dalton Weaver delivered a two-run, two-out single, as the Outlaws scored six of their runs with two outs.
Wynn led the Outlaws’ nine-hit attack with two and Larson, DeLaTorre, Weaver, Kinder, Capshaw, Austin Landis, and McKenzie each had one. DeLaTorre, Weaver, and McKenzie each drove in two runs and Kinder and Capshaw each picked up single RBI.
Joplin improved to 13-22 in MINK League play and sent Sedalia to 22-11 MINK.
The Outlaws ended a five-game losing streak and returned to action Monday and Tuesday with road games with the very same Bombers.