Heat Season Winds Down

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
The Show-Me Heat 10U squad split a pair of games, going 1-1 last week.  
The youngsters took on the Sedalia Hitmen in the first game of the night last Tuesday where they took home a 13-5 victory.  
After giving up a run in the top of the first, Heat countered with 3 in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back.  They plated 3 more runs in the second frame and the maximum of 7 in the third on their way to another lopsided win, pushing their record back up just above .500 at 5-4.  
Brett Howe paced the Heat offense with 2 hits while 1 each were contributed by Easton Bagley, Brody Boggs, Brecken Brewster, Brady Roy, Domanic Masoner, Bryce Jenkins and Roman Sabella.  
Masoner notched the win for the locals.  He threw the complete 3 inning game, yielding 4 hits, 4 bases on balls and striking out 6.
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The following night, Heat was served their first real slice of humble pie of the season by being no-hit by the Knob Noster Ambush in a 7-0 defeat.  
Brewster absorbed the mound loss.  He tossed 2 innings and gave up only 1 hit, but served up 8 free passes while striking out 6.  Bagley took over the mound for the final 2 frames.  He surrendered 4 hits and 6 bases on balls while striking out 5.  
The loss evened the 10U squad’s record at 5-5 with 2 games remaining on the schedule. 
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The Show-Me Heat 12U-Gemes team has been competitive in several games this year, always hovering around the .500 mark, but they took a hit last week by suffering 2 losses.  
In their first game of a doubleheader last Wednesday, they came out on the wrong side of a 16-5 final versus the TC Copperheads.
Pacing the offense in the loss were Chance Koll and T.C. Hambrick who both collected 2 hits and 1 hit each was added by Logan Gemes and Brody Burnworth.  
Gemes took the loss for the orange-and-black.  He threw 3 innings and gave up 11 hits while striking out 4.
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In the nightcap, Heat fell to the 26ers by a 6-4 final, despite outhitting their opponents by a 5-2 margin.
Gemes, Koll, Hambrick, Reece Maxwell and Burnworth all collected 1 hit for Heat.  
Gemes also terrorized the basepaths by swiping 5 bases. 
Hambrick took the “L” for Heat.  He threw the complete 4 inning contest giving up just 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6.
The Gemes gang will look to get back into the win column this week and improve on their 4-7 record with a strong finish with another doubleheader on Wednesday night.
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The Show-Me Heat 12U-Kern squad notched a pair of wins last week, improving their season record to 7-3. 
On Tuesday night, they faced a stout Sedalia Spartans team and, while the Spartans staged a comeback with 2 runs in their final at-bat, Heat would hang on to take a slim 5-4 win over one of the league leaders.
Heat collected just 3 hits in the contest, with 1 each coming off the bats of Cade Banks, Jase Hubert and Ayden Burdick.  
Burdick also led Heat to victory on the mound.  He lasted just over 4 innings, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3.  Colton Kern would come on in relief for the final 2 outs and record the save.
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On Wednesday night, Heat secured an easy 16-2 win over the Mid-MO Tiptonites, securing the victory with 9 runs in the fifth inning.
Banks, Burdick, Drake Murrell and Brennen Slavens all had multiple hits for Heat.  Banks and Burdick each collected 3 hits, while Murrell and Slavens both had 2.  One hit apiece was added by Ryan Fajen, Shane Poyser, Hubert and John Wilson.
Fajen took the win for Heat.  He went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and striking out 10.  
The Kern crew will look to add to their 7-3 record with another doubleheader on Tuesday night.