JOPLIN, Mo. — Jefferson City took the upperhand in a three-game set against Joplin, after handing the Outlaws their second loss of the young season by the score of 8-5 in the series opener on Monday in Joe Becker Stadium.
It was all Renegades early, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings en route to the win.
The Renegades set the tone in the opening frame with a grand slam off the bat of Josh Estrada to go up 4-0.
Jefferson City added two more runs in the second inning to extend the lead to six, before Joplin cut the deficit to 6-1 thanks to Zack Ehlen, who came in to score on a productive out by Joe Kinder.
The Outlaws plated another run in the following inning on an RBI single by Blake Wynn, but the Renegades got the run back in the fourth inning to push the score to 7-2.
Joplin chipped away at the deficit with two runs in the fifth inning to narrow the gap to 7-4.
Grant McDaniel capitalized on a wild pitch to score the first run of the frame, before Brett Macary drove in Jeff Wetzler with a sacrifice fly.
After Jefferson City added an insurance run in the eighth, the Outlaws scored a run in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI single by McDaniel, but couldn’t complete the rally.
AT THE PLATE
Wynn was the offensive catalyst, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two walks.
McDaniel also drove in a run on one hit with two walks.
ON THE MOUND
Justice Hylton was tagged with the loss on the mound, giving up four earned runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts through two innings of work.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Joe Becker Stadium.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.