SPRINGFIELD — The Ozark Generals improved to 26-16 overall with a 15-5 run-rule win Sunday night over the Joplin Outlaws at Meador Park.
Joplin managed two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, while Ozark scored two in the second, four in the third, three in the third, five in the fifth, and finally earned a walk-off win with one in the seventh.
The Generals scored their 15 runs on 24 hits, while Joplin managed five runs on 11 hits and three Ozark errors.
Gyeongju Kim — a South Korean native who’s a teammate of Sam Swartz at NCAA Division III University of the Ozarks — earned the win and allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits over five innings and he struck out four and walked none.
Quest Mock took the loss and he allowed six runs (all earned) on 10 hits over three innings and he struck out four and walked none.
Tyler Gum surrendered nine runs (all earned) on 12 hits over two innings and he struck out one and walked none.
Offensively, Joplin’s efforts were highlighted by Blake Wynn’s three hits and two runs scored, Alex Wheeler’s two hits, Spenser Larson’s two hits, and Kaleb DeLaTorre’s two RBI.
Wynn doubled leading off the fourth and came around to score on a balk. Wynn advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Merriman singled in the fifth and then scored on DeLaTorre’s two-run homer. Wynn singled and came around on a Wheeler single and then an Ozark error.
In the long run, it was just not enough offense to keep up with the Generals.
Joplin dropped to 16-25 MINK and the Outlaws played their final game of the season Monday night on the road against the Nevada Griffons.
The Outlaws were eliminated from postseason play during their series against Jefferson City.
Heading into the final run, the Sedalia Bombers own a commanding lead for the North Division title and Ozark and Nevada are separated by a single game in the South Division.