JEFFERSON CITY — The Joplin Outlaws came away from their four-game series against the Jefferson City Renegades with a split.
Joplin swept a doubleheader Saturday from Jefferson City with 14-6 and 14-11 victories after Jefferson City defeated Joplin 5-2 on Friday and 16-5 on Thursday.
In the 14-11 win Saturday, Joplin scored three runs in the top of the 10th to earn the victory. Jeff Wetzler hit a RBI double and Gavin Merriman and Zack Ehlen connected on back-to-back RBI singles for the three-run lead. Joplin reliever Leonardo Castro kept the Renegades off the scoreboard in the bottom half.
Wetzler led the Outlaws offensively with a 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Additionally, he worked a pair of walks.
Kaleb DeLaTorre, Ryan Cedeno, Alex Wheeler, Andruw McKenzie, Spenser Larson, and Merriman each accumulated two hits.
Meanwhile, Austin Landis (who enters his second year in the Crowder program) drove in a pair of runs and collected two walks for the Outlaws.
Joplin leaped out of the starting gates with two runs in the first and five in the second, while Jefferson City eventually secured an 11-all score with two in the first, two in the third, one each in the fourth and fifth, four in the sixth, and finally one in the ninth. Meanwhile, Joplin scored one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Jacob Compton earned the win and Castro the save. Compton allowed one run (earned) on three hits over 3 2/3 innings and he struck out four and walked one. Castro struck out and walked two each over his inning of work.
Compton has been solid all season in relief with a 4-0 record and a 2.45 ERA with one save over 17 appearances. He’s recorded 38 strikeouts and 11 walks over 33 innings.
In the 14-6 win Saturday, Joplin scored 11 runs in the second and three in the seventh, while Jefferson City plated three in the first, one in the fifth, and two in the seventh.
Blake Wynn, Wheeler, Cedeno, and Merriman each led Joplin with two hits and Joseph Kinder, Larson, and Landis rounded out the 11-hit attack with one each.
Kinder homered and drove in four runs, while all nine Outlaws in the lineup scored at least one run and eight of the nine picked up at least one RBI. Merriman added two RBI and the quintet of Wynn, Wheeler, Cedeno, Kinder, and Larson each scored two runs.
Derick Newby earned the win, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits over seven innings and he struck out five and walked eight. Not often do winning pitchers walk eight batters … but it helps when the offense produces 14 runs.
In the 5-2 loss Friday, Jefferson City’s four runs in the second and one in the seventh held up against Joplin’s one in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Jefferson City pitchers Michael McElmeel, Daniel Lloyd, and Jeremy Hidalgo combined on a three-hitter.
McElmeel allowed both runs and all three hits over seven innings, while Lloyd and Hidalgo both logged scoreless innings. Hidalgo earned the save.
Meanwhile, Joplin’s Conner Burnett took the loss, allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked two. Connor Gilles allowed one run (earned) on one hit over three innings and he struck out two and walked three.
Ehlen had two of the Outlaws’ three hits and Wynn had the other, while Ehlen and Wynn each drove in a run. Ehlen and McKenzie each scored a run.
Aside from a four-run outburst in the sixth, the Outlaws could not muster much offense against the Renegades in Thursday’s 16-5 loss.
Meanwhile, Jefferson City pieced together four in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth, three in the seventh, and three in the eighth.
Hunter Huckabee took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits over four innings and he struck out four and walked four. All three Joplin pitchers surrendered at least four runs.
Offensively, DeLaTorre led the Outlaws with two hits and two RBI, including a double. Kinder had three hits and Alec Capshaw added two more hits. Capshaw scored two runs.
Joplin stranded 12 runners in the 11-run loss.
The Outlaws moved to 16-24 in the MINK League entering Sunday’s contest against Ozark.