WEBB CITY — For the third season in a row, the Webb City Cardinals ended the season of the Neosho Wildcats in the Class 5, District 12 tournament.

WEBB CITY — For the third season in a row, the Webb City Cardinals ended the season of the Neosho Wildcats in the Class 5, District 12 tournament.
Too many runners left behind sealed Neosho’s doom in a 4-3 semifinal loss Monday at Barnes Field, home of the Cardinals.
All told, Neosho stranded eight runners, with two in the first, one in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth, several of them stranded in scoring position.
Webb City capitalized on its early scoring opportunities with three runs in the first and one in the second, while Neosho scored all three runs in the fourth.
Neosho seniors Colton Marion and Marcus Crawford started the game in style for the Wildcats, Marion reaching on an error and forcing another error with his speed threat at first and Crawford legging out a bunt single. Neosho had runners at second and third, but the Cardinals worked their way out of trouble when Tanner Lane struck out the side.
In the Webb City first, Will Larson reached on an one-out error and No. 3 hitter Mark Duley plated Larson with a RBI single. Duley and the other Duley Matt came around to score on Tanner Jones’ two-run single.
Each team committed two errors in the first.
In the Webb City second, Jacob Lammey and Caleb Ensminger recorded back-to-back hits against Neosho starter Jacob Galbraith. Lammey scored on a Chris Wallace 1-3 groundout.
Neosho received an unlucky bounce in the third when Austin Wren’s rocket shot bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. Crawford, who reached on a fielder’s choice, would have possibly scored on the play and Wren might have ended on third with a triple. Alas, it was not to be and Lane retired the side with a pair of groundouts, preserving a 4-0 Webb City lead.
The Wildcats broke into the scoring with their three runs on four hits and one error in the fourth. Sophomore designated hitter Brett Cook spared it with a leadoff double, then came a Galbraith single,  Kaleb Moreland reached on an error, and Carter Ezell singled for a strong start. The Wildcats picked up runs on the error, a Crawford fielder’s choice and a Wren RBI single. Neosho stranded the tying and go-ahead runs.
Neosho had another chance for a tie score in the sixth, when Marion singled with two outs, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Lane, however, battled with Crawford before striking him out and preserving the 4-3 score.
The Cardinals called on Logan Vanwey in the seventh and he retired the side in order, highlighted by consecutive strikeouts to end the game.
Neosho, facing the same starting pitcher, played Webb City much better the second time, compared with a 10-0 loss to the Cardinals at Barnes Field on April 14. In that game, Crawford had the Wildcats’ only hit against Lane and the Cardinals scored runs in four of the five innings played.
The second time around, Neosho collected nine hits with a pair each for Marion and Wren, who had three hits Saturday in the 7-1 win against McDonald County.
Additionally, Webb City made four errors, giving Neosho even more opportunities.
Neosho finished with an 11-13 overall record, the Wildcats’ first losing season since 2012.