QUAPAW ó Commerce jumped out to a 2-0 lead in pool play at the Lucky 7 Conference Tournament thanks to wins over Welch and Quapaw.

The Tigers opened play with an 11-10 victory over Welch.

The Wildcats then bounced back to pin the first loss of the season on Quapaw, 17-5.

Commerce then coasted to a 14-2 win over the Wildcats.

Three more pool games are scheduled for today, weather permitting.

Wyandotte faces Afton at 2 p.m. The loser then meets Fairland at 4:30 p.m. with the Wyandotte-Afton winner battling the Owls at 7 p.m.

Teams will be crossbracketed on Thursday with the final games on Friday.

Commerce 11, Welch 10

The Tigers got what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a leadoff home run by Trae Ratliff.

Winning pitcher Blake Witten then retired the Wildcats in order on two grounders and a popup.

Welch had tied the game at 10 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.

Billy Jackson reached first on an error, then Austin McKeon walked. Brett Warner delivered an RBI single, then Tyler Sherrick squeezed home McKeon with a bunt down the third base line.

Ironically, the seventh was the only inning where a team didnít score a run.

Commerce led 3-2 after the first, then erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second. Four errors by the Wildcats opened the doors for CHS.

Welch got a single run in the third, then pushed across three more in the fourth to get back to within a run, 7-6.

The Tigers came up with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Welch scored two times and Commerce once in the next two innings to create what would be the final score.

Both teams combined for 14 errors in the game, eight by the Tigers.

However, CHS countered that by collecting 14 hits.

Ratliff had a single to go with his home run. Josh Pilkinton and Mikey Morgan had a double and single each while Luke Manning and Smith each had two singles.

Tyler Maxville, Witten, Joey Bowling and Kasey Ng chipped in with a single each,

Gabe Moore had three singles for the Wildcats. Jackson and Warner each had two singles while Chism Horton and Clayton Kelley added a single each.

Witten picked up the victory for Commerce. He took over for Morgan in the fourth with two out.

McKeon was tagged with the loss in relief of Brenton Hale.

Welch 17, Quapaw 5

Welch strung together three straight five-run rallies to help end the game in five innings.

Welch broke out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first then Quapaw countered with a single run in its first at-bat.

WHS then batted around in the top of the second to score five times, the key blow a bases-loaded single by Warner.

Quapaw narrowed the gap to 7-2 in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Curtis Bacon.

However, Welch got another five runs in the top of the third, taking advantage of two errors.

The hosts scratched out another run in the bottom of the third on a base hit by Cole Quick.

Welch generated a final five runs in the fourth. Moore drove in a run with a triple while Jackson and McKeon delivered RBI singles.

The fifth run came in on an error.

A two-run homer by Nowlin gave Quapaw its final two tallies. Morgan Morey had singled with two out.

Four players collected two hits each for Welch. Moore had a triple and single, McKeon added a double and single while Warner and Jackson had two singles each.

Hale chipped in with a single.

Nowlin homered while Bacon, Quick and Morey added singles.

Kelley went the distance to pick up the victory for Welch. Quick was the loser. He was relieved by Morey in the third.

Commerce 14, Quapaw 2

Pilkinton threw a no-hitter for the Tigers, striking out eight.

An eight-run rally in the bottom of the third broke the game open.

Commerce had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, then scored four more times in the second.

The Wildcats got a run in the top of the third when Morey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Thirteen batters went to the plate for Commerce in the third inning. The Tigers got all eight runs with no hits, but the hosts committed eight errors.

The Cats got a final tally in the top of the fifth on a bases loaded walk to Quick.

Bowling had two doubles as part of a five-hit Commerce attack. Smith doubled and Ng and Ratliff added singles.

Quapaw received seven walks from Pilkinton and the Tigers had three errors.

Quick and Corey Scott handled pitching duties for the Cats. Scott entered the game with two out in the third.