ANDERSON — The McDonald County Mustangs earned a split in their triangular Saturday against Carl Junction and Riverton, losing 5-2 to Carl Junction and beating Riverton 11-1.

ANDERSON — The McDonald County Mustangs earned a split in their triangular Saturday against Carl Junction and Riverton, losing 5-2 to Carl Junction and beating Riverton 11-1.
Against the Rams of Riverton, Tyler Stoutsenberger led the Mustangs with four hits and three RBI, while Jamie Hanke plated three runs on the day. Eight different Mustangs collected hits against five different Riverton pitchers.
Meanwhile, in an abbreviated complete game, McDonald County’s Tyler Sellers allowed one run (unearned) on two hits over six innings. He struck out 10 and walked three.
The Mustangs had their running game cranked up with five stolen bases — Ty Shaver two and Jordan Platter, Emanuel Baisch and Oakley Roessler one each.
McDonald County scored two runs in the first, one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth, dwarfing Riverton’s single run in the fourth.
In the first, Stoutsenberger hit a RBI single, plating Baisch, who started off with a single, stole second and came around on Stoutsenberger’s hit. Stoutsenberger scored on Micah Burkholder fielder’s choice.
Shaver scored on a Hanke sacrifice fly in the third.
Stoutsenberger delivered a two-run double in the fourth.
Roessler hit a RBI single and Isak Johnson a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Hanke’s two-run homer and James King’s RBI double closed out the game.
In the game against Carl Junction, Hanke came up on the short end of a pitchers’ duel with Jeremiah Kennedy and Jared Wells.
Hanke allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out two and walked one.
Kennedy surrendered two runs (both earned) on four hits over six innings and he balanced nine strikeouts against two walks. Wells struck out a pair of Mustangs in a spotless seventh for the save.
Baisch collected half of the Mustangs’ four hits and scored half of their two runs. Both of Baisch’s hits were two-baggers.
McDonald County — 3-6 overall — returns to action at noon Thursday in the Mickey Mantle Classic against Wyandotte. The Mustangs play their second pool game Friday against Locust Grove, a 1 p.m. start from Mickey Mantle Field in Commerce.