ANDERSON — The Seneca Indians scored seven runs in the final three innings to come out with a 8-3 victory Thursday over the McDonald County Mustangs in Big 8 Conference West play.
Seneca plated three runs in the fifth and two each int he sixth and seventh, while McDonald County pushed across one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Gavin Clouse earned the victory for the Indians and he allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. Clouse threw 109 pitches, 65 for strikes, and 17 strikes on the first pitch to 25 batters.
Daythen Long earned the save by picking up the final two outs on seven pitches, despite surrendering a home run by McDonald County senior third baseman Izak Johnson.
Boston Dowd took the loss and he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Dowd finished at 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. Three McDonald County pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and four walks.
The Mustangs hurt themselves with five errors.
Long led Seneca’s offense with two hits and Clouse, Parker Wolfinbarger, Monty Mailes, Harris Griffith, Sebastian Middick, Zach Cox, and Lucas Marrs each had one. Long scored two runs and Clouse, Wolfinbarger, Alex Cook, Griffith, Middick, and Marrs each scored once. Wolfinbarger doubled. Middick drove in two runs and Clouse, Wolfinbarger, and Marrs each collected RBI.
Johnson led McDonald County with two hits and Jordan Platter and Omar Manuel each had one. Johnson drove in two of the Mustangs’ three runs. Platter drove in the other run.
Seneca improved to 9-10 overall and 2-3 Big 8 West. The Indians, who host the upcoming Class 4, District 12 Tournament, play their final three regular season games at home — Diamond on Monday, Big 8 West foe Cassville on Tuesday, and Carl Junction on Saturday. Both Cassville and Carl Junction are district opponents.
McDonald County dropped to 9-11 overall after Thursday’s loss and the Mustangs returned to action Friday against Mount Vernon and Saturday against Carl Junction, both road games. The Mustangs, in fact, finish out their regular season all on the road with Nevada coming up Tuesday and Aurora (two-time defending Class 4 state champions) the following Tuesday.
The Mustangs defeated Marshfield 4-1 two days before their loss to Seneca. The Blue Jays of Marshfield are ranked sixth in Class 4.