JOPLIN, Mo. — A late night at Joe Becker Stadium saw the Joplin Outlaws rally back from a 10-run deficit and avoid a three-game sweep with a win 17-16 on a walk-off, two-run single by Blake Wynn.
After beginning the series with back-to-back wins, the Renegades built a 10-run lead in game three, but the Outlaws continued to chip away at the deficit in the late innings before Wynn drove in the winning run to complete the rally.
The Outlaws held the Renegades scoreless after the fifth inning and plated eight-unanswered runs before going into the ninth trailing by two.
Needing two runs to tie or three to win, back-to-back singles by Brett Macary and Kaleb DeLatorre set the table for the rally.
Following a strikeout in the next at-bat, Caden Fowler drew a walk to load the bases.
Three strikes in the next at-bat marked the second out of the inning, but Jeff Wetzler drew a walk in his plate appearance to allow Macary to jog across the plate.
With the bases still loaded and two outs, Wynn drove in two runs with a single to win the game.
The Renegades wasted no time in taking the lead, as they touched up the Outlaws for seven runs in the opening frame.
With three runs already on the board, the bases loaded and two outs, Nolan Sachse drove a ball to deep left field which carried over the fence and into the Outlaws’ bullpen for a grand slam to give the Renegades a 7-0 advantage.
Joplin chipped away at the deficit with a run in the bottom half of the inning on the strength of an RBI single through the right side of the infield by Joe Kinder.
The Renegades extended the lead to seven with a run of their own in the second, but the Outlaws got the run back in their half of the inning thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Grant McDaniel to push the score to 8-2.
The Outlaws came through with runners in scoring position again in the third inning to narrow the gap to 8-5.
With the bases loaded and one out, Zack Ehlen drove in Kinder with a single, but a good defensive effort limited the Outlaws to one run on the hit.
Hilbert followed up the base hit with a single of his own to drive in Macary and Kaleb DeLatorre.
After each team scored a run in the fourth, the Renegades pulled away with another seven-run inning in the fifth to go up by double digits at 16-6.
Joplin continued to inch closer, getting four runs back in the bottom half of the inning via a grand slam by Matt Delavega to cut the deficit to 16-10.
Delavega continued his impressive day with a three-run homer in the seventh inning to get his team to within three runs of the Renegades at 16-13.
The Outlaws added a 14th run in the eighth inning after Blake Wynn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, inching the Outlaws closer at 16-14 heading into the ninth.
OUTLAWS AT THE PLATE
Wynn was the hero of the game, driving in the tying and winning runs in his one hit of the contest to increase his RBI total to three with two runs scored.
Delavega had a game to remember, going 4-for-6 with seven RBIs and two runs scored.
OUTLAWS ON THE BUMP
It was a rough start for Hunter Wienhoff after giving up eight earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts through 3.1 innings, but didn’t get tagged with the loss.
Matt Patton was awarded the win after throwing two, scoreless innings with two two strikeouts.
— 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.