JOPLIN, Mo. — A large crowd packed inside Joe Becker Stadium on Tuesday to watch the final home game of the season for the Joplin Outlaws, who dropped game two against Nevada 15-6.
The Griffons were touched up for 11 runs in the loss on Monday, but held the Outlaws to six runs in the win to avoid the two-game sweep.
Three runs in the second inning gave Nevada the momentum in the early going, before the Outlaws hit the scoreboard in the third thanks to a single by Matt Delavega which cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Griffons doubled their run total to six with three runs in the fifth inning, but the Outlaws got all three runs back in the bottom half of the frame to push the score to 6-4.
Paul Hilbert sparked Joplin’s offense in the fifth with a leadoff single, before going from first to third on a double to left field off the bat of Brett Macary and coming in to score on a base knock by Jeff Wetzler.
Delavega and Kaleb DeLatorre also cashed in with runners in scoring position, driving in a run apiece on a pair of singles.
The Griffons began pulling away with three runs in the sixth inning, before scoring one run in the seventh and extending the lead to double digits at 14-4 with four runs in the eighth.
DeLatorre crossed the plate in the bottom half of the eighth — following his leadoff triple down the right-field line — and an RBI double from the pinch hitter Dalton Weaver matched Nevada’s run in the ninth, but the Outlaws couldn’t sustain a rally.
AT THE PLATE
DeLatorre had another good outing, driving in one run on three hits with a run scored.
Hilbert, Zack Ehlen, Calem Nutting and Macary all scored one run and notched one hit.
ON THE MOUND
The starter Tyler McGrew was tagged with the loss, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts through five innings of work.
The Outlaws will hit the road to take on Sedalia at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
— 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.