Carthage scored four runs in the top of the first and maintained the lead the entire way in a 6-3 victory over McDonald County in the regular season finale at McDonald County High School on Thursday.

Carthage scored four runs in the top of the first and maintained the lead the entire way in a 6-3 victory over McDonald County in the regular season finale at McDonald County High School on Thursday.

Kendall Young popped a two-run homer in the top of the first to set the tone for the Tigers’ offense. Sawyer Shepherd later added a solo blast for the Tigers.

The Mustangs would fight back with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the sixth, but the Tigers would get insurance runs in each of the third and seventh innings to keep them out of reach.
The teams combined to use eight pitchers and 21 position players in the final game before districts this weekend.

Gabe Franklin started on the mound for the Tigers and got the win after walking three and striking out two in three innings. Shepherd and Huke worked two innings apiece for Carthage.

Mark Hull worked the first 1 1/3 innings for the Mustangs, allowing four earned runs on five hits with a strikeout. Dakota Stites, Chance Lemm, Jamie Hanke and Trenton Frazier also saw time on the mound for the Mustangs.

Frazier, Stites, Lemm, Trevor Young, Jake Wilkie and Emitt Dalton had a hit each for McDonald County.
The Mustangs will try to keep their season alive at the Class 4, District 11 Tournament when they take on Seneca at 11 a.m. Saturday.