Harrington homers, Republic ends Joplin’s season in district quarterfinals

Republic tops Joplin 5-0 in the Class 6 District 6 quarterfinals Monday.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Republic Tigers topped the Joplin Eagles 5-0 in the Class 6 District 6 quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got to be able to swing it a little better to give ourselves a chance,” says Joplin head coach Kyle Wolf, “I thought we competed on the mound. I thought we did some things defensively that were good. When you’re struggling to score runs it’s hard to get any energy and any mojo going. Credit to their kid on the mound. He kept us off-balance and never really gave us a chance to feel really good about anything in the box.”

The loss ends Joplin’s season with a 14-15 overall record.

“It’s hard right now and it’s easy to think back on losing your last game. The reality is, that happens to everybody in the state except for one,” Wolf says, “I think there’s a lot more to this game than that. We had some great times this year. We had some really big wins and a lot of fun at times. I told them let it hurt for a while, but give yourself a couple days and think back to all those fun things that happened throughout the course of the year, too.”