Tigers drop two on the road to Willard, Monett

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Taylor Stevens-Diggs had two hits for Carthage in the game against Willard Thursday. David Hoover / CNO

Carthage, 0, @ Willard, 1

The Carthage Tiger baseball team traveled to Willard Thursday to face the undefeated Willard Tigers (7-0).

Nolan Brown (2-1, 0.76 ERA) started for Carthage and went six innings allowing five hits and one earned run in the 1-0 loss. Willard pushed across the winning run in the fifth playing small ball. A single, a sacrifice bunt and another single proved to be the deciding factor.

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Carthage couldn’t get much going on offense with only two hits – both coming from Taylor Stevens-Diggs.

Both Carthage and Willard committed one error each.

Carthage, 4, @ Monett, 6

Eider Lyckman threw two innings in his start against Monett Friday. David Hoover / CNO

On Friday, Carthage traveled to Monett to face the Cubs.

Eider Lyckman started for the Tigers and pitched two innings allowing two runs – both unearned – on three hits.

Blayne Lilienkamp relieved Lyckman and went two innings allowing two runs – one earned – on one hit.

Brady Carlton pitched one and two-thirds innings and Brodie Cole (1-4, 7.95 ERA) pitched one-third of an inning in the 6-4 loss. Cole gave up two earned runs on one hit.

The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the third on a single from Langston Morgan and a double by Ty Perry. Carthage added an additional run in the fourth on a double from Stevens-Diggs that scored Brayden Tate.

Monett took the lead for good in the fifth scoring four runs.

Carthage (8-7) faces Carl Junction Tuesday at MSSU at 4:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled at Carl Lewton Stadium, but storm damage to the stadium has moved the game to a neutral location in Joplin.

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