NEVADA — The Joplin Outlaws took a 7-2 loss Thursday night to the Nevada Griffons at Lyons Stadium.
Nevada broke a 1-all tie with three runs in the fifth and scored three more in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Joplin's Hunter Huckabee took the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings. Huckabee struck out five and walked none on a night when neither Joplin pitcher issued any free passes.
Jacob Compton pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Joplin with one hit allowed and four strikeouts.
Huckabee and Compton combined for nine strikeouts and nearly one-third of the Outlaws' outs came by the strikeout.
Defensively, the Outlaws hurt themselves with the only two errors of the game.
Meanwhile, offensively, Joplin designated hitter Alex Wheeler put the hitter in designated hitter with four hits. You could have listed him as "doubles hitter," instead, since all four hits Thursday night went for two bases. Wheeler brought his seasonal doubles total to 10 after his two-base onslaught Thursday.
Wheeler led off the second with his first double and then doubled in the fourth, the sixth, and then doubled in the eighth. Wheeler scored both Outlaw runs.
Zack Ehlen had two hits (both singles) and Ryan Cedeno and Andruw McKenzie each had one hit with Cedeno driving home Wheeler on a RBI double.
Zion Mayberry led Nevada's 10-hit attack with four hits, including a double.
Joplin dropped to 11-20 in MINK League action and Nevada remained in a tie for first in the South Division with the Ozark Generals, both squads at 18-14 MINK.
Joplin returned to action Friday for a doubleheader against Ozark and then returned home Saturday for a clash with the MINK's best team, the Sedalia Bombers.