There were times this year when Neosho’s Scott Wilson struggled throwing the ball consistently.


There were times this year when Neosho’s Scott Wilson struggled throwing the ball consistently.

The way he threw the ball on Thursday against Carl Junction Post 781, it looked like Wilson is back.

The Crowder College signee and recent Neosho High graduate threw a one-hitter against the opposition on a very hot Thursday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader at the Pittsburg Wood Bat Tournament.

However, as good as his pitching performance was, it wasn’t enough for the Post 163 Nighthawks to get a victory.

Carl Junction’s Zak Porath hit a two-run single to provide the offense to help his team pull out a 2-1 victory at JayCee Park.

“When you score one run yourself, it is hard to win games,” said Neosho coach Eddie Crupper after the loss. “They got one hit at the best possible time. We loaded the bases and with one hit …

“Other than Scott pitched a gem of a game. That is a good sign for the future. We’ve had some pretty gaudy records the last couple of years so every loss hurt.”

The loss was the second straight for the Nighthawks on the day Thursday. The team will look to bounce back Saturday, playing Kansas City Bishop Ward at 4:30 p.m. in the final game of pool play in the 10th Annual Bob Ratzlaff/Pittsburg Wood Bat Tournament.

Neosho played a much crisper, better game in most facets of the game against Carl Junction. They had more hits and fewer errors, but fell short in the runs.

Some of that, however, can be chalked up to Porath, who started on the mound. The Missouri Southern signee was locked into a pitcher’s duel with Wilson, as the two combined 17 strikeouts and four hits in the game.

In essence the entire seven-inning game turned in one inning, as Post 781 (1-1) scored twice in the bottom of the second.

That was all the offense Carl Junction needed in the win.

Matt Thompson walked and stole second base to open the inning. He moved to third base when Jake Hale laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Sean Spencer then was hit by a pitch, before the next batter, Jake Stevenson, hit into a fielder’s choice and Spencer was out at second base.

With two outs, Carl Junction had runners at the corner. Leadoff batter Jack Luton coaxed a two-out walk to load the bases.

Porath, ranked as preseason All-American by The Sporting News, hit a single up the middle to drive in Thompson and Stevenson, to make it 2-0.

Both teams had chances to put more runs on the board, but the next five innings resulted in only one runs scored.

In the top of the second inning, Neosho had the inning end when a runner was thrown out trying to steal third base. In the third inning, Neosho’s Ty Anderson reached on an error with two outs. A failed pickoff attempt then moved him to third base, but he was left stranded.

Carl Junction’s Evan Clemons walked, stole second and moved to third base on a ground ball out, but was left stranded at third in the third inning.

Clemons reached on an error and moved to second on a passed ball in the fifth inning, but was left stranded in scoring position again.

Neosho (0-2) finally broke through with its only run in the sixth inning.

Anderson, in his first season playing legion ball, again provided the spark. He reached on an infield single and for the second time in the game, moved to third base as a pickoff attempt on him at first base sailed into foul territory down the right field line.

Tanner Pogue, batting with one out, struck out, but the ball got away from the Carl Junction catcher Travis Green. Green picked it up and fired to first base to record the second out of the inning. On that play, Anderson hustled home and slid in for run on a steal.

In the top of the seventh inning, Wilson kept his team’s hopes alive when he reached on a throwing error on his ground ball. Standing at second base, 180 feet from tying the game, Wilson didn’t move.

Porath buckled down and recorded strikeout No. 12 and No. 13 to get the win.

The southpaw struck out two batters in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings and fanned the side in the seventh inning.

He allowed his to Anderson, Drew Miller and Kyle Dickens.

“Zak has been good for us all year, we are definitely going to miss him next spring,” said Carl Junction coach Flave Darnell of Porath. “He had his fastball and curve working and threw first-pitch strikes. He didn’t walk people, only one walk. He did a good job. He threw about 70 percent (69 percent) strikes. That is a lot no matter who is on the mound.”