JOPLIN, Mo. — Sophomore catcher Cody Garlington drilled a two-run homer down the left-field line in the seventh inning, lifting the Mineral Area baseball team into the second round of the Region XVI Tournament on Wednesday.
Potosi graduates Tanner Glore and Brad Wright also homered during a 12-10 victory over Three Rivers, as the Cardinals erased two separate five-run deficits to prevail in a slugfest.
Alex Lang finished an impressive 5-for-6 to pace fifth-seeded Three Rivers, and his two-run single restored a 10-5 lead in the sixth inning. The Cardinals stormed back with five runs in the home half, capitalizing on two key errors.
Tyler Bunge highlighted his 3-for-4 effort with a two-run single that made it 10-9, and touched home with the tying run when Lance Fields bounced a RBI single through the left side against reliever Skylar Cobb.
Glore finished 2-for-2 overall with three RBI, and scored for the third time when Garlington connected for his third home run of the season.
Devin Hampton pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for the win, recording two strikeouts while allowing no runs on four hits. A charging play by Glore at third base stranded runners at the corners in the eighth.
Three Rivers outhit Mineral Area by a 16-14 margin, including four singles by Blaine Tanner. The Raiders chased MAC starter Dylan McEwin after a rocky opening frame, and built a 5-0 cushion off Scott Jones in the second.
Wright belted a solo shot as Mineral Area scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Glore launched a two-run blast in the fourth for his team-high eighth of the season, bringing the Cardinals within 7-5.
Garlington, Wright and Fields each collected two RBI on two hits, and Brad Matson singled twice for Mineral Area, which will face No. 1 seed Jefferson today at 4 p.m. in the second round.
Three Rivers 320 203 000 - 10 16 2
Mineral Area 030 205 20x - 12 14 2
WP - Devin Hampton 3 2/3ip 0r 0er 4h 2k 1bb.
LP - Skylar Cobb 2 1/3ip 3r 2er 3h 2k 1bb 1hp.
Three Rivers - Alex Lang 5-6, Blaine Tanner 4-6, Cory Deere 2-4, Zach Bucci 2-5, Trevor Robertson 1-3, Travis Moe 1-4, Trent Wooldridge 1-5. 2b - Bucci.
Mineral Area - Tyler Bunge 3-4, Tanner Glore 2-2, Cody Garlington 2-4, Lance Fields 2-4, Brad Wright 2-5, Brad Matson 2-6, Brad Ridings 1-5. 2b - Glore, Ridings. HR - Wright (5), Glore (8), Garlington (3).