ANDERSON — The McDonald County Mustangs improved to 11-4 overall and 3-0 Big 8 Conference with a 4-0 win Tuesday over the Lamar Tigers.
Three McDonald County pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Mustangs scored two runs in the fifth as well as single runs in the third and sixth.
Charley Moore provided a strong start for the Mustangs, allowing one hit over 4 1/3 innings. Moore struck out nine and walked none.
Grant Cooper pitched two innings of relief and he surrendered three of Lamar’s four hits, all singles. Cooper both struck out and walked none.
Raygan Bradley earned the final two outs for the save and worked through the only walk granted to Lamar on the day.
Tyler Stoutsenberger led McDonald County’s nine-hit attack with two and Ty Shaver, Boston Dowd, Joe Brown, Moore, Jordan Platter, Micah Burkholder, and Oakley Roessler each had one to produce a Mustangs lineup where eight of the nine players had at least one hit.
Dowd drove in two runs, Brown and Stoutsenberger each plated one, and Stoutsenberger scored twice and both Roessler and James King crossed home plate once.
Stoutsenberger led off the third with a single, advanced to second on an error, moved over to third on a Burkholder bunt, and scored on Dowd’s two-out single.
Stoutsenberger led off the fifth with a walk, Roessler singled, and the Mustangs scored their runs on a Dowd sacrifice fly and a Brown RBI single.
In the sixth, King was hit by a pitch and Stoutsenberger promptly drove in King with his triple.
Conversely, McDonald County cooled down a Lamar offense coming off Big 8 victories last week over Mount Vernon (16-13) and East Newton (18-5) in which the Tigers produced a ridiculous 34 runs.
Case Tucker had a pair of hits and Donte Stahl and Duncan Gepner each had one for the Tigers, who dropped to 8-2 overall and 2-1 Big 8.
McDonald County returns to action Thursday against defending Class 4 state champions Aurora. The Mustangs enter that contest having won nine of their last 10 games, with their only loss a 2-1 defeat to Class 5 state-ranked Webb City.