Due to muddy field conditions at East Newton, the Neosho Wildcats closed out the regular season with one more home game.
Neosho scored two runs in the second and one run for three straight innings from the fourth through the sixth and Weston Durman, Gage Kelley, and Payton Ezell combined on a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory Thursday at Roy B. Shaver Stadium.
Durman earned the victory and he allowed one hit with four strikeouts and one walk over three innings. Kelley allowed one hit with no strikeouts and no walks over three innings. Ezell pitched a nearly perfect seventh and had two strikeouts and one walk.
Kaden King led Neosho’s offense with three hits, while Jared Stephens and Kelley each had two and Durman, Cole Seward, and A.C. Marion each had one. Mason Ray drove in three runs and marion and Kelley each picked up single RBI.
Kaden Cook and Colton Leech each came through with East Newton’s lone hits.
Cook took the loss and he allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with one strikeout and one walk over four innings. Brett Pendergraft and Ethan Brummett each surrendered one run during their one inning of work and all three pitchers struck out one.
Neosho and East Newton both finished the regular season with 11 victories.
The Wildcats returned to action Saturday and took a 7-1 loss in the Class 5, District 11 tournament against Republic to finish their season 11-16 overall.
The Patriots earned win No. 12 with a 9-0 victory over East Newton in a Class 3, District 12 quarterfinal contest Friday against Newton County rival Diamond.
East Newton improved to 12-8 overall entering its semifinal game Monday against No. 2 seed and district host Clever.
Top seed Marionville and Forsyth matched up in the other semifinal.