COMMERCE — Miami went 1-1 and missed out a chance to finish third in the weather-shortened Mickey Mantle Classic.
The Dogs were to have faced Locust Grove in the Triple Crown Division third-place game, but tournament officials cancelled Saturday’s entire schedule because of an overnight snow and cold temperatures.
The Wardogs dropped a 5-2 decision to Neosho, Missouri, on Thursday, April 5, at Mickey Mantle Field then routed Tahlequah Sequoyah 13-1 on Friday, April 6, at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.
Miami 13, Sequoyah 1
The top three batters in the lineup accounted for seven of the Wardogs’ 11 hits in the game.
Conner Womack, Miami’s leadoff hitter, had two singles. Grant Nolte, who hits second, had three singles and three-hole batter Drew Williams added two singles.
Miami scored twice in the first and added one run-in the second.
The Dogs broke things open in the final two innings, scoring four times in the sixth and another six in the seventh.
Sequoyah got its only run in the second.
The score could have been a lot worse: Miami left 13 runners stranded in the game.
The Dogs’ sixth inning included RBI singles by Nolte and Brad Hartman while Yoshihiro Shinzato and Hunter Hartman had bases loaded walks to force in runs.
Then in the seventh, Nolte and Womack had run-scoring singles.
Drew Williams, Shawn Limore and Gabe McCleary picked up RBIs with bases-loaded walks, Caden Folks pushed in a run when he was hit by a pitch and Brant Morris had an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
The Wardogs also got a run on an error.
Brad Hartman, Hunter Hartman, McCleary and Folks had a single each.
Hunter Hartman worked all seven innings, allowing one unearned run while logging two strikeouts and a walk.
Jeffery Vance had three singles for Sequoyah.
Neosho 5, Miami 2
Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame thanks to a pair of errors.
Neosho scored a game-turning four runs in the third inning with three scoring on errors.
Nolte, Williams, Shinzato, Morris and Folks collected singles for MHS.
Mason Ray, Cole Seward and A.C. Marion had singles for the Wildcats.
Womack, Williams, Hunter Hartman and Folks were named to the all-tournament team during the awards banquet Saturday night that featured former New York Yankee Bucky Dent as the guest speaker.
Miami (5-13) was at Oologah Monday, April 9, then return home to face the Mustangs on Tuesday, April 10 at Joe Pollock Field.