WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Seneca Indians advanced to Monday’s Class 4, District 12 semifinals with a 3-1 victory Saturday over Cassville.
The Indians won for the third time this season against Cassville and scored two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Senior pitcher Gavin Clouse threw a three-hitter and he allowed one run (earned) with 14 strikeouts and three walks over seven innings. Clouse finished at 106 pitches, 69 for strikes.
Offensively, Clouse, Parker Wolfinbarger, Monty Mailes, Sebastian Middick, Titus Atkins, and Zach Cox each had one hit and Wolfinbarger, Harris Griffith, and Middick each picked up RBI while Mailes, Alex Cook, and courtesy runner Alex Stephens each proved responsible for scoring one run.
In the Seneca fourth, Mailes and Cook reached on consecutive errors to start the inning. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a Daythen Long groundout, then Mailes scored on a Griffith bunt and Cook came home on a Middick two-out single.
Cox led off the fifth with a single and courtesy runner Stephens scored on a Wolfinbarger single after advancing to second on a Clouse sacrifice and third on a wild pitch.
Seneca improved to 14-11 overall and the Indians have won six of their last seven games entering their district semifinal game against top seed Monett.
Monett won twice earlier this season against Seneca — 5-1 in the Carthage tournament and 7-3 in Big 8 Conference West play.