Out-hitting the Smith-Cotton Tigers proved itself a difficult task Monday in Sedalia.
Warrensburg pounded two doubles and a single for two runs to open the game against S-C starter Gavin Jones. The visiting Tigers added another run on three hits in the second inning.
Smith-Cotton, however, scored at least three runs per inning in a five-inning, 16-4 victory over Warrensburg at Liberty Park.
Jones, who had four earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings, was succinct in his analysis of the game.
“I came out there, (and) they hit the crap out of me,” Jones said. “But we hit it too.”
Baxter Mays collected four RBIs and runs apiece with two triples. His was a line drive that soared over a frozen Warrensburg left fielder in the first inning, scoring Brice Pannier and Chase Plymell.
Mays said he had been patient in his approach against the low arm-angle delivery of Warrensburg starter Ben McClung.
“It was just the right pitch at the right time,” Mays said. “I squared it up.”
The home Tigers batted around in the first three innings and led 13-3 going into the fourth inning.
Jackson Webb singled with one out after Tristen Jackson relieved Jones. Mason Janvrin, who was 3-3 with a double and stolen base, scored Webb – and his second RBI – two batters later.
Kade Peterson grounded out to Jackson after Gabe Corona walked to end the inning.
Tyler Abney pitched the fifth frame for Smith-Cotton, striking out one and inducing two groundouts.
Smith-Cotton scored four runs on one hit in the fourth inning after drawing four walks and reaching on three errors. Jones, who was the third out in the first and second inning, was spared another at-bat against McClung when Warrensburg lifted him for Tyler Abney.
Jones walked. He accounted for three of Smith-Cotton’s 12 outs, and admits he is in a slump.
“Oh I gave myself a lot of crap for that,” Jones said. “I’m in a slump right now. But my team’s picking me up, though.”
Jace Simoncic was 3-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers host Hickman tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2