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Neosho eliminates Monett 7-1

Monday, July 19, 2010

For the first two days of the American Legion District 15 Tournament at Carl Junction, the seeded teams won every game but one: the host team bounced fourth-seeded Neosho in a monumental 10-0 upset.

That wrench in the seeding gears set up a Friday elimination game between Monett Post #91 and the Neosho Nighthawks. Win or go home.

Jacob Barnes, of Neosho, and Jared Barchak, of Monett, traded innings of scoreless pitching, until Neosho took advantage of a pair of Monett errors to score a single run in the bottom of the third inning. The 1-0 score froze on the scoreboard as two pitchers continued to dominate,
Post #91 finally reached Barnes in the top of the sixth, scoring the tying run but stranding three runs with the bases loaded. Still, Monett capitalized on Dalton Boykin's leadoff walk, and singles by Mason Wittman, Josh Stewart and Andy Hagadorn to tie the game.
The weather was a major concern for both benches. A torrential storm was parked over Neosho to the south, providing impressive lightning strikes in the distance and a welcome cool wind, but the heavy rains and dangerous lightning never reached the Carl Junction field.
Barchak gave up a hit and a walk in the bottom of the sixth, but Neosho's Kyle Dickens was caught in a rundown between third and home, and Barchak struck out the last two Nighthawks to escape the scoring threat.
After Barnes sat down Monett in order to start the seventh, Barchak gave up with the dreaded big inning. Neosho scored four runs on three hits, three errors and three walks before Casey Hendricks hit into a double play to end the scoring parade. Neosho added two more runs in the eighth, and Monett went scoreless in the final two innings as Neosho ended Post #91's season with a 7-1 win.



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