WAYNESVILLE — The Neosho Wildcats rebounded from a 19-5 loss to Republic on Thursday with a 9-8 win Friday over Helias Catholic in the Waynesville Tournament.
Neosho held a 9-3 lead entering the bottom of the seventh and had to hold on for dear life to come out with the victory.
The Wildcats added Tre Letts to the lineup Thursday against Republic and if his performance Thursday did not earn him a place in the order for the rest of the season, his effort Friday against Helias Catholic definitely made his case virtually irrefutable.
Letts hit a grand slam in the fourth to spark the Wildcats to a 7-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings.
Steady, solid senior Hank Selig gave another good effort on the mound, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Selig struck out four and walked two.
At the plate, Selig chimed in with two hits and two RBI, and he brought one of those two runs home with a sacrifice fly.
Seward earned the save by picking up the final two outs. He allowed three runs (all unearned) on three hits and he struck out none and walked none.
Back to the Neosho offense.
Kaleb Moreland and Gavin Kelley joined Selig with two hits each and Moreland and Kelley each scored two runs.
Meanwhile, Clint Winchester and Kaden King each had the other two Neosho hits. Winchester and Kelley both doubled.
The Wildcats just missed on their third double-digit run total of the season and improved to 7-8 overall after Friday’s win.
Inclement weather scrapped the rest of the tournament, making it consecutive weeks for the Wildcats to have tournaments not finished on the field.