The Ozark Tigers, ranked No. 6 preseason in the Class 5 poll by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, flexed their muscles Tuesday against the Neosho Wildcats at Roy B. Shaver Stadium.

The Ozark Tigers, ranked No. 6 preseason in the Class 5 poll by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, flexed their muscles Tuesday against the Neosho Wildcats at Roy B. Shaver Stadium.
Ozark scored three runs in the first, four in the second, five in the fourth and four in the fifth en route to a 16-3 run-rule victory. The Wildcats managed two in the first and one in the fifth.
The Tigers — 13-8 overall — generated their 16 runs on 17 hits against Neosho pitchers Jared Stephens, Hank Selig and Kaleb Moreland. After no walks the first three innings, Neosho pitchers issued five free passes in the fourth and the fifth. The only error of the game also proved costly for the Wildcats and the Tigers also scored a pair of runs on either a wild pitch or a passed ball.
In the Ozark first, Noah Suiter reached on an infield single with one down, beating out a throw by Neosho shortstop Colton Marion. That started a run of three straight hits — a single by Noah Tucker and a RBI single by Blake Mozley — and then Chuck Hill connected on a two-run double with two outs for the three spot on the scoreboard.
Marion started off the Neosho first with a single to right-center, as he found his own spot to drop a hit. Marion stole second with a deft slide maneuvering his way safe on a throw that beat him, advanced to third on an Austin Wren single and scored on a fundamentally sound Hank Selig sacrifice bunt. Clint Winchester, fresh off the game-winning RBI single Monday against Seneca, hit a RBI single to score Wren and at this point early in the contest, it looked as if Roy B. Shaver would be host to a slugfest.
Zach Ford singled leading off the Ozark second and then Ozark came through with three consecutive run-producing hits — a two-run double by Suiter, a RBI single by Tucker and a RBI double by Mozley.
Neither team scored in the third inning.
Curt Gracey worked a leadoff walk in the five-run fourth, a half-inning that included a Tucker RBI single and a Forrest Barnes sacrifice fly, but also runs that came from an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Brett Cook’s long single in the fourth was Neosho’s first hit against Ozark starter Parker Hanks since the first inning and it represented the Wildcats’ fourth and final hit.
Ozark belted four straight hits to start the four-run fifth — a perfectly-placed double by Hanks, Gracey and Suiter singles and a Sundlie double. The Tigers went into their bench and their reserves managed to come through with three more runs.
On the game, Suiter led Ozark with four hits and Tucker added three. Tucker, Hill and Mozley each drive in two runs for the Tigers.
Kaleb Moreland led off the Neosho last-chance fifth with a walk and later came around to score on a Marcus Crawford sacrifice fly.
Neosho — 10-8 overall and 1-6 COC Large — entered Thursday’s game against Carl Junction on a five-game losing streak in conference play. Tonight was Senior Night for the Wildcats, honoring Tyler Burr, Crawford, Carter Ezell, Jacob Galbraith, Jordan Greenstreet, Cameron Gorham, Marion, Michael Shilling and Wren.
Carl Junction entered Thursday 4-14 overall and 1-4 COC.