Dalton Cossey and Mark Burgin powered the Tigers to an 11-1 victory over El Dorado Springs in five innings Monday.


Dalton Cossey and Mark Burgin powered the Tigers to an 11-1 victory over El Dorado Springs in five innings Monday.

Cossey’s leadoff homer in the first inning helped ignite Carthage’s offense, which erupted for 10 hits.
Later in the first, the Tigers built a 3-0 lead for starter Mark Ryan when Levi Snyder, who finished with three hits, produced a two-out single to score two more runs.

“That (Snyder’s two-out hit) was key to our start,” said Mike Godfrey, Carthage?High School head baseball coach. “It was important for us to take advantage of an early scoring opportunity in the first.”

Ryan labored against the first six hitters he faced before settling down the rest of the way. Ryan, who improved over the summer, allowed only three base runners after giving up a solo homer in the bottom of the second.

“Mark was effective in his first outing,” said Godfrey, “but, after the slow start, he had good command of his off-speed pitches and did a good job of throwing strikes.”

In the fifth, the Tigers put the game away when Burgin punctuated a five-run inning with a grand slam.

Terrin Garber, Josh Collins and Caleb Fierro, who also had a multiple-hit game, each had an extra-base hit to back Ryan.

Ryan pitched all five innings for the Tigers, who scored three more runs in the third inning to finish off El Dorado?Springs.

In junior varsity action, Taylor?Bogle and Brett Stout each had three hits to help lift the Tigers to a 16-1 victory in four innings over El Dorado Springs.

Carthage scored seven runs in the first inning before adding three runs in the second and third to pull away.

The Tigers remain on the road for a non-conference clash with Carl Junction at 4:30 p.m. today at Carl Junction High School.