HILLSBORO, Mo. – Dalton Cook caught both games of a Region 16 doubleheader Thursday for Mineral Area, and singled to spark a go-ahead rally in game one against Jefferson.
The Cardinals scored twice in the eighth inning for a 7-5 triumph as Trynt Tompkins capped his 3-for-5 performance with an insurance RBI single after Cook raced home on a wild pitch.
Jefferson trailed 5-3 in the sixth before drawing three walks against MAC starter Ryan Paschal. An error prolonged the frame with two outs, and brought the host squad closer.
Stephen Carter uncorked a tying wild pitch in relief, but retired all seven batters he faced for the win just two days after throwing the last four innings against St. Louis.
Jake Pryor went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals, and singled home two after Liam Hicks, Tompkins and Trent Pobst singled to load the bases against Jefferson hurler Jason Rackers.
Tompkins made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the second, but the Vikings answered with RBI hits from Matt Turino and Jake Kalusniak during the home half.
Raul Elguezabal tie the game with a solo home run in the fourth. Paschal allowed three earned runs on seventh hits with five strikeouts and six walks in a no-decision.
Mineral Area regained the advantage on a clutch two-run double to left by John Benevolent after Mitch Barrow reached on an infield hit and Pryor doubled with two outs in the fifth.
Doug Payne chipped in two hits, including a double, and Hicks crossed the dish twice for the Cardinals.
Jefferson squared the series in game two with a 4-2 victory as starting pitcher Josh Ray and two relievers limited Mineral Area to just five hits.
Justin Perkins finished 2-for-4, and smashed a two-run homer to create a 4-0 advantage in the fourth. Joey Polak and Nick Hagedorn collected RBI singles in the third.
Payne launched a solo shot for Mineral Area in the fifth, and Barrow hit a sacrifice fly after Ray walked the next batter and hit two more.
Drake Salsman fanned Pobst to strand two runners, and Hunter Swift struck out five over the final two innings to earn the save. Swift reached base all three times after starting the game in right field.
Travis Turnbough pitched five innings in defeat, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Spencer Burnham worked around an error during a clean sixth.
Tompkins, Barrow, Pobst and Benevolent singled for the Cardinals, whose season-high win streak of eight games was snapped.
Jefferson (38-8-1, 24-6) will bring a lead of 2 ½ games in the region standings to Mineral Area (22-17, 16-8) for another doubleheader on Saturday.