KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mineral Area baseball team returned from its weekend road trip to Maple Woods on the negative side of a 4-game series sweep.
The Cardinals continued to swing the bats with success, but could not overcome a rough showing from their pitching staff and 15 total errors in high-scoring contests.
The Monarchs opened a doubleheader on Saturday with a 7-4 victory despite being outhit 11-7 overall. Andrew Suiter worked 2 2/3 innings in defeat.
Brad Cuyos powered the Cardinals with a 3-run homer in the fifth inning, and Hunter Leeper doubled twice. Charlie Palmer and Connor Davault added two hits each while Logan Bradley scored two runs.
Maple Woods posted 11 consecutive runs after MAC pounced for four in the opening frame to claim an 11-7 win later on Saturday.
Cuyos belted his second homer of the day, and Cory Lubinski went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Cardinals. Dakota Glore and Bradley had RBI doubles, and Justin Murphy took the loss.
Leeper drove in three runs with three doubles to open Sunday's action, but a late Mineral Area rally fell short in a 10-8 setback.
Palmer smashed his sixth homer in the third inning, matching Cuyos for the team lead, and Cody Heisserer added a 2-run shot as MAC scored four times in the seventh.
Cuyos collected two singles and Jake Triulzi suffered his first loss on the mound.
The series finale featured seven combined home runs, and the Monarchs salvaged a 13-11 decision after MAC committed six errors overall.
Colby Brown took the loss after Maple Woods jumped ahead 7-0 in the first inning.
Heisserer homered and finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI.
Bradley and Leeper also went deep while notching two hits apiece, and Cuyos had a 2-run single with three runs scored.
Mineral Area (16-15) dropped to 2-6 in Region XVI action, and will travel to SE Illinois for two games on Tuesday.