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Mayfield splits Dinger doubleheader

Mayfield's Colby Kennemore (5) takes flight at second base as a Windsor, Missouri, player slides toward the bag in the first game Friday for the Cardinals in the Dinger Wood Bat Classic.

JOSEPH "PEE WEE" PETTY/The Mayfield Messenger

Staff Report

Mayfield split its Friday night games to open its Dinger Wood Bat Classic series by falling to a comeback and then rallying in the other.

Opening against Windsor, Missouri, the Cardinals fell behind 5-3 over four innings but bounced back by scoring five runs between the fifth and sixth frames to take a three-run lead.

In the seventh, however, the Owls responded in kind with four runs to take the win, 9-8.

Windsor played small ball and took advantage of a few errors to plate two runs in both the first and second innings. Mayfield countered with a run in the bottom half of those frames, leading off with a solo home run to right by Connor Guthrie and then scoring Carson Guthrie off a Colby Kennemore shot to centerfield.

Mayfield picked up another run in the third when Connor Guthrie reached on an error, but scored Kyle Hurt who had led off with a double.

The Owls widened the gap with another run in the fourth with a bases loaded walk by relief pitcher Ben Gloyd. Gloyd, a eighth grader, atoned for that an inning later with his bases-loaded double that scored Kennemore and Hurt to tie things. Then in the sixth, Connor Guthrie did likewise to score the two again before Colin Price's flyball to left was misplayed and allowed Guthrie to cross home for the lead, 8-5.

In the top of the seventh, Windsor rallied with four runs including a three-RBI double to left that sealed the game.

Both teams amassed eight hits each with the Cards led by Kennemore (2-for-3) and Connor Guthrie (4-for-2). Hurt, Gloyd, Carson Guthrie and Ethan Couch also provided hits.

Couch took the loss in the close with two runs off two hits and two walks. Gloyd gave up four runs off three hits over four innings, while walking four and striking out two.

Jayden Stinson started on the mound and allowed four runs off three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Mayfield 8,Middle College 4

In the nightcap game, Mayfield again found itself down but rallied and held on for the four-run victory against Memphis-based Middle College, which is associated with Christian Brothers University.

Coming off an earlier 18-run loss to Graves County, the Bulldogs led 3-0 in the first 11/2 innings before Mayfield got on the scoreboard with Couch tripling then scoring off Carson Guthrie's groundout.

Similar to their opening match, the Cardinals got a pair of multi-run innings in the fourth and fifth to take the lead.

Stinson doubled to score Connor Guthrie and would eventually reach third, where he would walk home on a balk to knot the game at 3-all. Couch then brought Price home from second for the lead and then courtesy runner Eli Acree scored from third, 5-3.

Mayfield tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth after the Bulldogs pulled within one. Connor Guthrie and Price knocked in a pair and then Stinson scored from third on a flyout that proved to be enough for the final score.

Couch was 2-for-2 with his two RBIs and Connor Guthrie was 2-for-3.

Kennemore earned the win over 41/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two while allowing two earned runs off four hits. Reed Swindler closed things out with two hits and three strikeouts.

Schedule

An afternoon game was canceled due to rain Saturday. Mayfield (6-5) is scheduled to play St. Mary on Monday at home before closing out the week at Hickman County Thursday and at St. Mary Friday.