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Warriors take out rival KC

Gremlins strand tying, winning runs on base in 2-1 District 9 2A semifinal baseball loss

Dawson Cook knew he was facing his last batter. He just didn’t want to leave a mess for the next guy.

So he cleaned things up rather nicely.

Moniteau relief pitcher Dawson Wallace (3) was picked up by teammates after defeating Karns City in a District 9 Class 2A baseball semifinal at Pullman Park on Thursday. Moniteau won, 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)

The Moniteau right-hander pitched 6.2 innings against Karns City in their District 9 Class 2A baseball semifinal Thursday at Pullman Park, getting a 2-1win over the top-seeded Gremlins. But it didn’t come easily.

Koen Williams drew a walk for KC (15-3) to begin the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Colton Christie beat out a swinging bunt to third base and the Gremlins had the tying and winning runs on base with nobody out — and Cook’s pitch count was approaching 100.

“At that point, I was thinking strikeout. I felt that’s what I needed,” Cook said.

Moniteau’s Connor Ealy, left, celebrates after scoring what would become the winning run against Karns City in their District 9 2A semifinal baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday. (Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)

Instead, Hobie Bartoe tried bunting the runners up a base. He bunted the ball back to to Cook, who quickly fired to third base to get the lead runner.

“If we bunt the ball anywhere but to the pitcher, it’s a success,” Karns City coach Josh “Sluggo” Smith said. “But the ball went right back to the pitcher. It didn’t work out for us.”

Cook was going to go over 100 pitches for the day with the next hitter — meaning he was leaving the game after facing Tyler Kelly, regardless.

“Had to get an out there,” Cook said. “If that guy (Kelly) gets on, we have a mess and we could lose. I knew Dawson Wallace was going to come on to pitch and he’s a horse. I love that guy.

“I didn’t want to leave him a mess.”

Cook struck out Kelly and Wallace struck out Jacob Jones looking to end the game, leading the Warriors (12-7) to the district title game. Moniteau will play Redbank Valley at a time to be announced on Monday at Showers Field in Dubois.

Moniteau scored its two runs on sacrifice flies by Ian Ross in the first and fifth innings. The Warriors stranded 10 runners on the evening, six of them in scoring position.

Both of Ross’ sacrifice flies came with two strikes on him.

“All I wanted to do was hit the ball to the outfield and bring home a run,” Ross said. “I wasn’t being selfish at all. Just put the ball in play, try to make something happen for the team.

“It was a little frustrating, us stranding those runners, but we got the job done in the end. That’s what counts.”

Cook threw 104 pitches, striking out eight and walking two. He allowed six hits. Karns City starter Adam Manuel pitched four innings, allowing five hits and a pair of runs. Jones came on with the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth inning, limiting Moniteau to one run.

“Adam and Jacob gave us a chance to win. That’s all we can ask,” Smith said. “Cook pitched a great game for them. He had our number for 6.2 innings.”

Jones did triple to deep center leading off the KC sixth, scoring on Manuel’s line single to left. Manuel got to second on a passed ball, but was stranded.

“We fought hard, they fought hard,” Smith said. “That’s the way this game goes sometimes. Our two programs have a lot of respect for each other. I respect Ross (Moniteau coach Martin) and I think he respects me.

“I have to say goodbye to my two seniors, Hobie Bartoe and Jacob Callihan. Those guys gave me their best for four years. I still love my team. I’m as proud of these guys as I would be if we had won.”

Moniteau 100 010 0 — 2 5 0

Karns City 000 001 0 — 1 6 1

WP: Dawson Cook 6.2IP (8so,2bb). LP: Adam Manuel 4IP (2so, 2bb).

Moniteau (12-7): Dawson Wallace 2B 1B, Keagan Book 1B, Ian Ross 2-RBI, Landon Kelly 2B, Alex James 1B.

Karns City (15-3): Hobie Bartoe 1B, Jacob Jones 3B, Adam Manuel 1B RBI, Mason Sherwin 1B, Tyson Frazer 1B, Colton Christie 1B.

Monday: District 9 2A championship-Moniteau vs. Redbank Valley at Showers Field, Dubois, time TBD

Moniteau relieve pitcher (3) Dawson Wallace shows his excitement after defeating Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (1) Landon Kelly slides under a tag from Karns City (13) Mason Sherwin in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (7) Blaine Jamison makes a catch in centerfield against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (4) Dawson Cook celebrates after a strikeout to end the inning against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau relieve pitcher (3) Dawson Wallace shows his excitement after defeating Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Karns City pitcher (17) Adam Manuel delivers a pitch to Moniteau in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (12) Ian Ross hits the ball against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (4) Dawson Cook delivers a pitch against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (4) Dawson Cook delivers a pitch against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (23) Keagan Book barely makes it back safe to first base as Karns City (20) Koen Williams put the tag on him in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (23) Keagan Book gets in in the face by Karns City (8) Jacob Jones as he was safe at second base in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024. Moniteau won 2-1.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (2) Chason Rugg tags Karns City (1) Hobie Bartoe as he was called safe at second base in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)
Moniteau (17) Alex James burst the ball to bring a teammate to second base against Karns City in a district 9 class 2A semi-final Boys baseball game at Pullman Park on Thursday May 23, 2024.(Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle)

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