The Melissa High School Cardinal Baseball team traveled to the Lone Oak Tournament over Spring Break.
The Cardinals first played Alba-Golden, where Kyle Leonard struck out 12 batters through six innings. Key hits from Isaiah Segovia and Bobby Houston led to some crucial runs that would put Melissa on top for good in a 4-1 victory.
Day two of tournament featured games against Celeste and Lone Oak.
Clay Mott’s pitching allowed the Cardinals to get out in front early. Plays from Jayton Cepica and Sam Crain in the infield provided some crucial outs. Several Cardinals had a two-hit game, including Tyler Womack, Tristan Howard, and Kyle Leonard. Other Cardinals with RBIs were Andrew Mervis, Ian Keever, and Isaiah Segovia.
Brooks Bowers pitched in relief and shut down Celeste as the Cardinals won 16-3.
Against Lone Oak, Ian Keever got the start and the teams battled back and forth. Plays by Bobby Houston in left field and Dillon Youngblood behind the plate kept the Cards in the game.
Tied 5-5 going into the fourth, the Cards had a large five-run inning with the entire line-up contributing. Brooks Bowers once again entered the game in relief, shutting down Lone Oak. The final score ended at 10-5 in favor of the Cards.
Day three of the tournament featured one game against Paul Pewitt High School. Tristian Howard got the start on the mound, and Tyler Womack started the scoring for the Cards in the second when he doubled to lead off the inning.
Another key double from Dillon Youngblood allowed the Cards to score three in the second. The two teams battled back and forth.
Jayton Cepica, Isaiah Segovia, and Tyler Womack made some huge plays in the infield to keep the Cards in it.
In the end Ian Keever, Tyler Womack, Tristian Howard, Bobby Houston, and Kyle Leonard would all end the game with two hits or more as the Cards pulled away a late 13-6.
Contributor: Matt Spann
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