The Joplin baseball team has won a landmark victory.
Joplin scored seven runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth en route to a 12-2 victory over Class 3 No. 1 Springfield Catholic on Tuesday afternoon at the JHS Athletic Complex.
The Eagles improved to 5-5 on aggregate and extended their winning streak to three games.
Springfield Catholic drew first blood into the contest when Jack Schoen came in to score on top of first.
But all was Joplin after that point.
Justin McReynolds, Layton Copher, Tyler Schumann, Jackson Queen, Byler Reither and Bodee Carlson each worked on loaded walks to give the Eagles a 6-1 lead. Brady Mails capped the inning with an RBI groundout as Joplin’s advantage grew to six.
The Irish cut the deficit to 7-2 when Coleman Morris snatched an RBI double from center field in the fourth, but the Eagles put the game aside with five runs in the fifth.
Kyler Stokes sparked the team’s second wave of goalscoring with an RBI single, while Copher added a two-run sack. Schumann sent the fans home happy with an RBI double.
McReynolds, who shot the start and was the winning pitcher, was once again terrific for Joplin. The right-hander struck out four batters and scatter two runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings pitched.
The Eagles were certainly disciplined at the plate, working 12 free passes while collecting seven hits. Copher led the way with three runs driven, while Stokes and Schumann each had two RBIs.
Ethan Guilford finished a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two walks.
Morrison suffered the loss for Springfield Catholic. He gave us six earned runs on three hits to go with five strikeouts and five walks in 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Irish (4-4) had five hits in the game. Morrison, Schoen, Cole Leonhart, Ben Smith and Logan Ripper all each made it for the road team.
Joplin hosts Central Ozark Conference rival Webb City at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.