The McDonald County 18U baseball team closed out its 2018 season by splitting four games at the Fort Scott 18U Baseball Tournament held June 29-30 in Fort Scott, Kan.
Cade Smith pitched a four-inning no-hitter to lead McDonald County to a 10-0 win over the Arkansas Express in the tournament opener.
Smith struck out seven and walked one, the only runner to reach base on the McDonald County junior.
Smith received all the support he would need in the first inning. Ty Shaver and Joe Brown singled to put runners on first and third. Oakley Roessler singled in one run before Smith drove in the second with a squeeze bunt.
McDonald County made it 5-0 with three runs in the second. Tanner Leonhardt and Hunter Cook walked before Carl Hughlett singled to drive in the first run of the inning with the second scoring on an error on the play. Koby McAlister drove in the final run of the inning with a single.
Cook's triple drove in two more runs in the third after Kammeron Hopkins drove in one with a sacrifice fly.
McDonald County scored its final two runs in the fourth on a walk to Shaver, Brown's triple and an error.
Brown had two hits and an RBI, while Cook had a hit and two RBIs to lead McDonald County. Shaver, Roessler, Hughlett, McAlister and Leonhardt added one hit each.
McDonald County dropped an 11-8 decision to the Central Missouri Phenom (Orange) in its final pool game.
Cook took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings. McAlister worked the final inning, allowing four runs on one hit, three walks and two errors.
McDonald County jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Shaver was hit by a pitch with one out before Brown, Roessler and Smith followed with singles. With two out, Nevin Price walked before Leonhardt and Cook singled to drive in two more runs.
The Phenoms scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, but McDonald County answered with a run in the top of the second. Shaver singled and stole second base before scoring on a single by Roessler.
Central Missouri cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the third on an error and back-to-back doubles.
McDonald County scored a single run in the top of the fourth on singles by Cook and McAlister and a wild pitch.
The Phenoms scored three runs without a hit in the fourth to tie the game at 6-6. McDonald County took a 7-6 lead in the fifth on singles by Roessler and Hopkins and an error.
But Central Missouri took control of the game with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Cook allowed three consecutive singles to open the inning before McAlister relieved, walking three and allowing two hits.
Leonhardt scored the final McDonald County run in the sixth on a single, a stolen base, an error and Cook's RBI groundout.
Roessler, Cook and Leonhardt had two hits each, while Brown, Smith, Shaver, McAlister and Hopkins had one each to lead McDonald County.
McDonald County's 1-1 record in pool play earned a six seed in the winner's bracket. But McDonald County dropped a 6-3 to the Central Missouri Phenom (Black) to open the bracket.
Roessler went four innings, allowing six runs, before Price shut out the Phenoms over the final two innings.
Leonhardt and Sampson Boles led the offense with a hit each.
In its final game of the tournament and season, McDonald County beat the Central Missouri Phenom (Grey) 10-6 behind the pitching of Hopkins. Hopkins allowed six runs in five and two-thirds innings before Brown got the save with an inning and a third of relief.
McAlister, Cook and Brown had two hits, while Josh Parsons had a hit that drove in two runs.Sports on 07/05/2018
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