PARK HILLS – Spencer Burnham pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win, and the Mineral Area baseball team edged St. Louis 10-5 on Sunday to avoid a four-game series split.
Liam Hicks provided a hit with two walks, and matched Riley Perks with two RBI for the Cardinals (19-9, 7-9), who extended a 3-2 lead with four runs in the fourth inning.
St. Louis picked up three runs in the fifth, but saw MAC counter with three in the home half of the sixth. Kurt Dawkins contributed two hits to the victory.
David Webb relieved to minimize the damage in the fifth inning, and collected three strikeouts over the last 2 1/3 to secure his third save.
The productive bat of Dillon Thomas nearly propelled Mineral Area to a comeback celebration in game one of the Sunday doubleheader, but the Archers instead prevailed 6-5 in eight innings.
Blane Besse doubled and scored the go-ahead run when a two-out throw to Perks was dropped at first base. The decisive unearned run was charged to reliever Nick Silcox.
Hicks greeted Brady McAfee with a tying RBI single after Dawkins drew a four-pitch walk from St. Louis starter Jackson Keller to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mineral Area starter Matt McGIlvray allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two. He was pulled with the Cardinals trailing 4-0.
Thomas singled home Jake Pryor and Perks with two outs in the fourth, then trimmed the Mineral Area deficit to 5-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth. He wound up 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Pryor was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Hicks singled twice for MAC. Cole Allen threw three relief innings behind McGIlvray, giving one run on five hits.
Simon Desnoyer went 3-for-5 to pace St. Louis. Luis Cabrera ended 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Kyle O’Brien added a double and single.
Brian Carruyo got the final two outs for the save after McAfee walked Thomas and Drew Blechle in the bottom of the eighth.
The rescheduled series opener was decided in a pitcher’s duel on Saturday, as Disnoyer delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the host Archers a 2-0 victory.
Mineral Area compiled a 6-4 edge in total hits, but could not capitalize against Nick Wiley, who amassed eight strikeouts over six innings for the win.
Thomas had a team-high two hits for the Cardinals before flying out with the bases loaded in the sixth. Carruyo needed only seven pitches in the seventh to earn the save.
Blakeney Kearbey sustained the hard-luck loss for Mineral Area. He likewise posted eight strikeouts, but walked three through six frames.
Caleb Feuerstake was picked off after leading off the game with a single. Tommy Van De Sanden, Pryor and Hicks each added singles for MAC.
St. Louis also triumphed in game two on Saturday as Besse finished 2-for-3 with a double and Blake Hutchison lasted seven quality innings on the mound of a 7-3 outcome.
The Archers scored three times in the fourth inning after trailing 1-0, and notched 11 hits compared to eight by Mineral Area. The teams combined for seven defensive errors.
Mineral Area would not tally again until the seventh, resulting in a 4-2 deficit, and St. Louis answered with two runs in the home half.
Clayton Stephens had two RBI while equaling Cabrera with two singles each. Catcher Tony Rask and O’Brien supplied RBI doubles in the victory.
Feuerstake highlighted the MAC offense with a double, single and three runs scored. Jared Jones and Hicks also collected two hits apiece.
Pryor had an RBI single in the ninth before any serious threat subsided. Hutchinson allowed two runs that were both unearned, and fanned five while issuing four walks and four hits.
Parker Stidham pitched 5 1/3 innings and yielded seven hits in the loss despite notching five strikeouts and walking none. Just one of the four runs netted against him was earned.
Ryan Paschal was tagged for three runs in 2 2/3 frames of relief for the Cardinals.