CARTHAGE — The Seneca Indians took their first two losses of the season on back-to-back days in the 45th annual Bill O’Dell Tournament at historic Carl Lewton Stadium.
Seneca fell 5-1 to Monett on the strength of Corey Spain’s pitching performance on Tuesday and tournament host Carthage defeated Seneca 12-8 on Monday.
Arkansas recruit Spain allowed one run (earned) on three hits and he struck out 11 and walked five over 6 1/3 innings. Spain finished with 102 pitches.
Karter Brink came in to pick up the final two outs.
Harris Griffith took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Gavin Clouse pitched two scoreless innings and he struck out four and walked none; Clouse allowed no hits during his 33-pitch performance.
Monty Mailes and Daythen Long tripled and doubled, respectively, so the Indians had two of their three hits count for extra bases.
Mailes tripled leading off the game and Long doubled in the seventh, Spain’s final batter he faced. In between, Long singled in the second.
Mailes came around to score Seneca’s lone run.
Monett scored two runs in the second and three in the fifth. The Indians hurt themselves with four errors.
In the 12-8 loss to Carthage, the Indians plated two runs in the first, five in the fourth, and one in the sixth, while the Tigers scored four in the first, two in the second, and six in the fourth.
Mailes doubled twice in his three hits and Griffith added three hits. Parker Wolfinbarger, Clouse, Alex Cook, and Lance Stephens each added one hit.
Mailes and Clouse each scored twice, while Mailes, Wolfinbarger, Clouse, Cook, and Griffith each picked up RBI.
Clouse, Cook, Mailes, Sebastian Middick, and Wolfinbarger each stole bases.
Stephens took the loss and he allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits with one strikeout and one walk over 2/3 inning. Long allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks over 2 1/3 innings in his start. Titus Atkins and Zach Cox pitched three scoreless — Atkins allowed two hits and struck out two over two innings and Cox took 15 pitches to get out of the sixth.
Seneca, 5-2 overall, returned to action Thursday, weather permitting, against Carl Junction in more Bill O’Dell play. The Bulldogs entered the game 3-3 on the season.