COMMERCE — Wyandotte rolled into the Mickey Mantle Classic’s Triple Crown division championship game for the second straight year with a 3-2 win over Locust Grove here Friday.
The Bears, who had also notched a 10-2 victory over McDonald County, Missouri, on Thursday, faced Neosho, Missouri, in Saturday’s title game.
A win Saturday would give Wyandotte an unprecedented fifth Mantle Classic crown. The others came in 2005, 2007 and 2012.
The Bears beat the Neosho JV 7-1 in a Comet Division final that saw Braxton Douthit named the MVP.
Verdigris, Salina, Tahlequah Sequoyah and Fort Gibson each have won three titles.
In other games Friday, it was McDonald County 12, Locust Grove 0; Neosho 8, Sequoyah 1; Neosho 14, Miami 5, and Commerce 7, Sarcoxie, Missouri 3.
In games at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, it was Diamond, Missouri, 2, Neosho JV 1, and Diamond 6, Quapaw 5.
Wyandotte 3, Locust Grove 2
An error gave Wyandotte what turned out to be the winning run in the sixth inning.
The Bears went up 2-1 in the second, but Locust Grove tied the score with a run in the fourth.
Devan McLoud doubled with one out. After Jordon Burney popped up, Ryan Cooper hit a ball that was misplayed — allowing McLoud to score.
Locust Grove kept the pressure up in the seventh, loading the bases with two out on a walk, hit batter and walk.
Reliever Braxton Douthit got a strikeout to end the game.
McLoud had a single to go with his double. Burney and Cooper chipped in with a single each.
McLoud got the victory, working the first six innings, striking out four and walking none while allowing four hits.
Douthit fanned one and walked two in his inning of work.
Alex Halbert, Darryle Trammell, Blake Gibson and Josh Bible had a single each for the Pirates.
McDonald County 12, Locust Grove 0
The Mustangs’ Grant Cooper struck out five, walked two and yielded just three hits while going the distance.
McDonald County broke out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
The Mustangs got one run in the second, three in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Oakley Roessler had a double and single to head up a 12-hit McDonald County attack.
Emmanuel Baisch and T. Shaver had a triple each.
Darryle Trammell had two of the Pirates’ three hits. Blake Gibson added a single.
Neosho 8, Sequoyah 1
Neosho made the most of eight hits, five Indian errors and five walks.
The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the fifth, when the Wildcats scored twice.
They broke the game open with a five-run sixth.
Kaleb Moreland had a pair of singles for Neosho, which also got doubles from Jacob Galbreath, Marcus Crawford, Brett Cook and Austin Wren.
John Thompson had two singles and Logan Bush, Caleb Helsey, Dakota Keys, Brandyn Smith and Skylar Birdlall all collected singles for Sequoyah.
Neosho 14, Miami 5
The Wildcats used a 10-run seventh to break open what had been a close game.
Details on the game are elsewhere at miamiok.com.
Commerce 7, Sarcoxie 3
The Tigers took advantage of seven Sarcoxie errors.
CHS jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning only to have the Bears tie the score in the top of the third.
Commerce countered with a five-run rally in its half of the third then tacked on a final run in the fifth.
Carlos Pinales had a double and single for the Tigers, who also got singles from Chase Cunningham and Blake Kelly.
Ryan Dunbar fanned nine and walked three while limiting the Bears to three hits.
Diamond 2, Neosho JV 1
Diamond got both of its runs in the first inning then turned things over to pitcher Cole Seward, who fanned six and limited Neosho to one hit.
Neosho’s only run came in the bottom of the seventh.
Diamond 6, Quapaw 5
Diamond put together three two-run rallies in the first, second and third innings to win a battle of Wildcats.
Quapaw got two runs in the first, one in the third and two more in the fourth.
Quapaw held a 6-5 edge in hits, but was hampered by three errors.
Jonas Gregory was the losing pitcher.