Neosho senior Austin Wren, in his only third game of the season, enjoyed a monster day at the plate Saturday in the closing game of a triangular against Springfield Catholic at Roy B. Shaver Stadium.

Neosho senior Austin Wren, in his only third game of the season, enjoyed a monster day at the plate Saturday in the closing game of a triangular against Springfield Catholic at Roy B. Shaver Stadium.
Wren collected five hits on the day and his fifth scored courtesy runner Kaden King for a 8-7 win in nine innings over the Fighting Irish.
In that decisive and dramatic bottom of the ninth rally, Carter Ezell was called out at first base on a controversial play. After that, however, Jared Stevens, Colton Marion and Marcus Crawford pieced together back-to-back-to-back singles. King ran for Stevens and scored on Wren’s single.
Catholic had no choice but to pitch to Wren. Otherwise, they may have intentionally walked Wren to load the bases and risked facing any other hitter right now in the Wildcats’ lineup.
Wren took a no-decision on the mound, pitching into the seventh inning and just one tantalizing out shy of a complete game victory. At the plate, he singled in the first, doubled in the third, doubled in the sixth, double in the eighth and singled in the ninth.
Catholic scored two in the seventh to force extra innings, with two errors not helping the Wildcats’ cause and Hayes Hutter delivering the two-out RBI single for the 7-all score.
Catholic stranded two in each the eighth and ninth, unable to come through with that big hit that Wren delivered in the ninth.
The Wildcats just missed on ending the game in the eighth. Wren led off with a double and Clint Winchester bunted Wren to only 90 feet away from the win. Jacob Galbraith’s fly ball to center did not carry far enough to score Wren and Brett Cook grounded out to third.
Neosho and Catholic traded punches right from the start.
In the first, Catholic scored one run and Neosho answered with two.
Catholic’s Mason Dickemann led off the game with a double, advanced to third on Zach Cole’s grounder to the right side and scored on a Neosho error.
The Wildcats started on the right foot offensively and made Catholic starter Justin Haake pay for his leadoff walk of the speedy Colton Marion. Marion stole second, advanced to third on Crawford’s fly out to center and scored on a Hank Selig single. Selig stole second, advanced to third on a Wren single and scored on a Haake balk.
Catholic broke out the bats for three runs on four hits in the second, starting with Seth Kamykowski and Hutter singles. Haake connected on a RBI double and Dickemann’s second double in as many innings plated two runs and gave Catholic a 4-2 edge.
The Fighting Irish took a 5-2 lead in the third on a Zach Shelangoski single, as Neosho hurt itself with an error and a passed ball.
Wren sparked a two-out rally in the bottom half of the third with a double and courtesy runner King came around to score.
Neosho almost secured a tie score in the fourth. With two runners aboard for the lethal weapon Wren and two outs, Wren roped a ball into left field, scoring Marion from second. After the Catholic left fielder momentarily stumbled along the line, Neosho head coach Danny Powers waived home courtesy runner Michael Shilling, who started his trek around the bases at first. The left fielder recovered, Catholic executed its throws and Shilling was called out at the plate, preserving a 5-4 lead for the Fighting Irish.
The Wildcats then built a 7-5 lead after two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Winchester doubled leading off the fifth, Jacob Galbraith worked a walk and Cook loaded the bases with a single. Catholic traded a run for two outs, turning a double play on Kaleb Moreland’s grounder up the middle. With Galbraith at third and two outs, Stevens delivered the go-ahead single. The Wildcats had a chance for even more, as the bases were loaded after Marion worked a walk and Crawford was hit by pitch, but Selig was rung up on strikes on a controversial low pitch.
Wren’s leadoff double in the sixth led to the 7-5 lead.
Neosho — 4-3 on the season — lost the opener 8-6 to Stockton, as the Tigers scored all their runs in the first two innings and the Wildcats scored all theirs in the third and fourth. The Wildcats again hurt themselves with four errors. Both teams collected 11 hits.
The Wildcats returned to action Monday on the road against Pittsburg (Kansas), starting a week of possibly six games. Neosho and Webb City are slated for a makeup game Wednesday, then the Wildcats start play Friday in the Mickey Mantle Classic in Commerce, Oklahoma.