Oklahoma Gold gave Missouri a game, but in the end, Missouri held on, 9-5.
The opening game Tuesday morning on the fifth day of the Junior Sunbelt Classic at Mike Deak Field was tied, 5-5, heading into the top of the seventh before Missouri (8-0) unloaded.
Team Missouri put its first two men on base in the top of the seventh, chasing Oklahoma Gold (1-7) starter Major Smith, but reliever Lane Osteen wasn’t able to get an out either. Chase Spoonemore’s bases-loaded walk broke the tie, and that was the first of four runs.
However, Missouri was not out of the woods just yet, as Oklahoma Gold scored a run and loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. However, Trevor Burton grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and sending Missouri to the championship Wednesday night.
Missouri coach Tom Scarbrough did not say anything to his players before they rallied in the seventh. He knew his players were tired and everybody is now at even at this point in Sunbelt. Scarbrough credited the resiliency and experience of Team Missouri for finding a way.
"It's the strongest survive and last man standing will win," Scarbrough said. "That's simply all it is from this point on."
Oklahoma Gold coach Travis Brandenberger said his team must be able to finish, and said Oklahoma Gold ran into some bad luck in the top of the seventh. He credited Will Bailey of Missouri for getting out of it, as he was hoping his team would square the ball up and keep the line moving.
"They competed their tails off, that's for sure," Brandenberger said about Oklahoma Gold. "Can't fault them at all. They did what they were supposed to do."
Trevor Kardell was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Missouri. Trevor Austin went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Spencer Nivens and Parker Wright also scored twice.
Trevor Janzen was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Oklahoma Gold. Jake Estes went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, including his game-tying, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. J'Briell Easley had a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth.
Getting the win for Missouri was Tyler Pyle, who went six innings. He threw 92 pitches, struck out three and walked one. Pyle allowed five runs, all earned, including a pair of solo shots.
Major Smith was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma Gold. Smith went six innings and threw 92 pitches like Pyle did. Two runs were charged to him in the top of the seventh. He allowed seven runs, all earned, total. He struck out two and walked one while allowing Austin's home run.
Georgia 5, Arizona 0
Georgia 3, Oklahoma Blue 2
Tennessee 6, Arizona 4
Oklahoma Gold 10, Oklahoma Blue 4
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Texas 4, Colorado 3
Tennessee 5, Colorado 2
Texas 17, Canada 4
Missouri 9, Mississippi 1
Mississippi 18, Canada 6
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