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story.lead_photo.caption Rick Peck/Special to McDonald County Press McDonald County catcher Joe Brown reaches in an attempt to tag a Seneca runner in the McDonald County 18U baseball team's 14-2 win over Seneca on June 19 in Seneca.

Kammeron Hopkins allowed two runs on five hits to lead the McDonald County 18U baseball team to a 14-2 win over Seneca on June 19 in Seneca.

Hopkins, a junior-to-be at MCHS, struck out five and did not issue a walk.

McDonald County took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Ty Shaver singled to lead off the game. Joe Brown was then hit by a pitch before Izak Johnson doubled in both runners. Johnson scored the third run of the inning on an RBI single by Charles Moore.

Seneca scored its only runs of the game in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff single, followed by a double, put runners on second and third with no one out. Consecutive sacrifice flies cut McDonald County's lead to 3-2.

McDonald County answered in the second, scoring five runs on five hits, two walks and a batter hit by a pitch.

After Seneca got the first two outs of the inning, Nevin Price started the five-run rally with a single. Shaver followed with his second hit of the game to put runners on first and second for Boston Dowd. Dowd's single to left drove in Price, with Shaver scoring all the way from first on an error.

Brown was hit with a pitch for the second time in the game, and Johnson walked to load the bases. Oakley Roessler singled in a run before Moore walked to force in another. Omar Manuel drove in the final run of the inning with a single.

McDonald County broke the game open with five more runs in the third.

Micah Burkholder singled, Hopkins walked and Price singled to load the bases to start the inning. Shaver singled in a run, with a second run scoring on an error. Dowd singled and Brown drove in a run by being hit for the third time in the game. The final two runs scored on an error off the bat of Roessler.

McDonald County scored its final run in the fifth. Shaver singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Brown.

Shaver finished with three hits, while Dowd and Price both had two, to lead McDonald County. Johnson, Roessler, Moore, Manuel and Burkholder all added one hit each.

In the second game, Seneca scored five runs in the third inning on the way to a 6-4 win.

Shaver took the loss, allowing six runs on just three hits in two and a third innings. Four walks and a hit batter led to three of Seneca's six runs. Price allowed a pair of hits in a third of an inning of relief before Brown pitched a scoreless inning.

McDonald County took a 1-0 lead in the first on a walk to Shaver, a stolen base and Johnson's RBI single.

Seneca tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a double, two walks and a groundout

McDonald County took a 2-1 lead in the second. Manuel singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Seneca rallied with five runs in the third on two walks, a hit batter and three errors to take a 6-2 lead.

McDonald County scored single runs in the fourth and fifth without a hit in either inning.

Singles by Johnson and Manuel were the only hits in the game for McDonald County.

McDonald County was at Exeter on June 25 before going to Seneca on June 27 and will close out the season at the Fort Scott 18U Baseball Tournament on June 29-July 1.

Sports on 06/28/2018

Print Headline: McDonald County Takes Two from Seneca

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