PIERCE CITY -- At 2-3 on the year, the baseball campaign hasn't revealed what Pierce City is about. Home games on consecutive days this week further cloud the picture.
On Monday, the Eagles thrashed Class 2 and league opponent McAuley in five innings, 14-1. Junior pitcher Jaren Barchak dominated with 10 strikeouts, while Wayne Joe Sooter and Trenton Boykin each had two hits.
The Eagles jumped on McAuley in the first inning and the game was never in doubt.
Despite the air of success, Pierce City came out uninspired against visiting Class 3 Aurora on Tuesday and was summarily trounced by the Houn' Dawgs, 7-1.
As was the case two weeks ago against opener Cassville, Mitchell Gibson faced a larger school and found the going tough with walks and hits. But he also scored the only Eagle run in the sixth inning, sliding home on a Dawg error.
"We were aggressive against McAuley, and it paid off," said Pierce City Coach Darin Henderson. "We left our bats on our shoulders this afternoon with Aurora."
The Eagles play College Heights at Joplin on Monday.