JAY - Snapping a 2-2 tie with a five-run fifth inning, the Miami Post 147 American Legion team defeated Jay 7-4 Wednesday night at Jay High School.
With the victory, Miami stands 11-2 on the season. Weather permitting, Miami returns home to Joe Pollock Field Friday to host Adair at 6 p.m.
A bases loaded double down the left field line by Brett Able started the Miami rally in the top of the fifth inning. Pinch hitter Johnny Casey was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After singles by James Pickens and Joe Pilkington loaded the bases, Abell drilled the first pitch down the line scoring three runs.
Keith Freeman followed with a triple to left-center scoring Abell. Jared White singled to left scoring Freeman to give Miami a 7-2 cushion.
Jay scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a walk to Tory Ingle, a fielder's choice by Steven Sloan and a single by Dustin Rutherford.
After Shane McKee was hit by a pitch to start the seventh inning for Jay, Cain Wright singled. McKee scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Sloan.
Jay grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on consecutive walks by Rutherford, Tony Barrett and Austin Kennedy along with a sacrifice fly by Cody Asher.
Miami built a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Singles by Pilkington and Keith Freeman were followed by a sacrifice fly by White and walks to Nick Henson and Andrew Allen.
A walk to Sloan and a RBI double by Rutherford tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Pickens, Pilkington and White each had two hits to pace the nine-hit Miami offense.
Pilkington pitched seven innings in relief of Henson to earn the win. He struck out two and walked one while scattering five hits.
With a double and single, Barrett led Jay's five-hit offense.
Erupting for four runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Miami 3A Legion team defeated the Joplin Miners 8-4 Monday night at Joplin's High School field.
“We played pretty well considering we're not getting to play very often because of the rain,” coach Chad Ross said. “We hit the ball well and we got solid pitching from both (Brett) Abell and (Jared) White.”
A leadoff double by Owen Shortt started Miami's rally in the ninth inning. James Pickens followed with an RBI single to left. After Pilkington hit into a fielder's choice, Abell drew a walk.
Henson singled to right scoring both Pickens and Abell. Walks to Freeman, Zach Bryce and Nick Jones scored Henson with the final Miami run.
Consecutive singles by Freeman, Jared White, Josh White and Jones gave Miami a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Miami's lead swelled to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning. Singles by Freeman and Jared White along with a sacrifice fly by Josh White and a fielder's choice by Jones increased Miami's lead.
Consecutive walks by Ryan Burr, Tommy Hutchinson and Corbin Matorno started Joplin's four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Simmons reached on an error as both Burr and Hutchinson scored. Jayson Byrd doubled to left-center scoring both Matorno and Simmons.
Jared White led Miami with a double and two singles while Freeman and Pickens added two singles each.
Abell allowed four runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out six and walked six.
Jared White worked 2.1 innings of relief to earn the victory. White allowed two hits with four strike outs and no walks.
“We just need to be able to get out and play for a period of time,” Ross said. “As wet as it's been, we may not get to play very many more games.”