Although the boys from McClendon's Appliance lost two of three games last week in Omaha, Neb., a trip to the College World Series made the trip unforgettable.
During an American Legion tournament of 48 teams, coach Russell Goodwin said McClendon's was rained out Saturday but his players "did all right and had a lot of fun."
The team watched North Carolina play both Vanderbilt and Florida at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, and "ended up on ESPN with their chests painted."
"They did well and played some great teams," he said.
McClendon's played two games Thursday, losing 5-2 to a team from Topeka, Kans. and 11-3 to one from Omaha. On Friday McClendon's won 4-2 against a squad from Nixa, Mos.
Against Topeka, McClendon's scored once in the third and sixth innings while giving up one in the firs, three in the third and one in the fifth.
Jacon Keeney pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits with one strikeout and four walks. Michael Pope came in for 1 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits with one hit batter. Coy Fitzhugh pitched one inning and struck out three batters.
Omaha run-ruled McClendon's in five innings thanks in part to a six-run first inning, as well as two runs in the second and three runs in the fourth. McClendon's scored three in the first but failed to score again and Omaha's runs piled on.
Keeney pitched 3 innings, giving up nine runs on five hits and four walks. Colton Welch pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Briar Sample pitched 2/3 of an inning, striking out one batter.
Both Tanner Bates and Chase Southworth batter 2 for 3.
In Friday's win, which Goodwin said was an "outstanding job against a very good team," both ball clubs scored one run in the first inning. Nixa scored one more in the fifth, but McClendon's scored three in the sixth and held on for the victory.
Goodwin said Holten Hanley had an "excellent" performance pitching five innings and allowing only two runs on six hits with four strikeouts, three walks and one bit batter. Jacob Eakens pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing one hit with one walk, and Fitzhugh went 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking three.
Keeney batted 3-3 while Colton Welch went 2-3. Michael Pope was 1-2, and Gene Dunkin was 1-3.