PARK HILLS – Kollin Stone found success in the game two of a doubleheader after several of his Mineral Area teammates struggled on the mound against St. Charles earlier on Saturday.
Stone held the Cougars to just two hits while fanning 10 over eight scoreless innings of a 6-0 triumph. He has now notched 10 strikeouts and two wins in each of his starts this season.
Parker Stidham faced three batters in the final frame, and struck out the last two to complete the shutout.
Mineral Area (7-8, 7-1) produced at least one run in five separate innings. Trent Pobst earned the first hit with a double to left field, then highlighted the victory with a solo home run for a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Pobst added a single to finish 3-for-5 for the Cardinals. Mitch Barrow ended 2-of-4, including a two-run single in the home half of the first inning to achieve a 2-0 advantage.
Caleb Feuerstake produced a double to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and crossed the plate on a squeeze bunt by J.C. Delgado. Andrew Payne capped all scoring in the sixth inning with an RBI single, and scored two runs.
Ryan Hutchinson contributed a single in the fifth inning for St. Charles, and Carter Spradling provided its only other hit in the eighth.
Starter Jesse Repp allowed eight hits and had six strikeouts through 7 1/3 innings for the Cougars. Michael Jacobson coaxed two fly balls to escape a bases-loaded pinch in relief.
Stone nearly gave up a run with runners at the corners in the fifth inning, but an alert play on a ground ball caught Mike Ward in a rundown between third base and home.
Mineral Area achieved an early edge during the first game behind electric hitting, but suffered a crippling fifth inning.
Feuerstake and Jake Pryor crushed back-to-back solo home runs to right field during the fourth inning to build a 4-0 lead. However, St. Charles responded by quickly loading the bases in the fifth with just one out.
Starting Pitcher Travis Turnbough surrendered his first run by walking Austin Gammill, which allowed Jacob Dooley to cross the plate.
Logan Damesworth then took over on the mound, but the Cougars evened the score at 4-4 before the inning concluded.
Turnbough allowed seven hits and struck out four in a no-decision. Palmer Campbell received the loss by walking two in the sixth. MAC exhausted five pitchers, but failed to regain momentum after squandering the upper hand.
Gammill claimed a 7-6 advantage for the Cougars with a two-RBI double that carried to the fence in center field. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Michael Castillo earned the win after Matthew Nason exited the game due to a comebacker from Feuerstake striking his ankle in the fifth inning.
Castillo worked two hitless frames, and struck out two before leaving with an apparent elbow injury with one out remaining in the game. He abruptly fell to the ground after notching a strikeout, and Josiah Scott fanned the next batter to collect the save.
Charles Kelting ended 2-for-3 for the Cougars, who were handed 12 walks by Mineral Area pitching. Five other players contributed hits.
John Benevolent went 2-for-4 for the Cardinals. Liam Hicks contributed a double, while Andrew Hayden and Doug Payne each singled.