JOPLIN, Mo. — The Jefferson City Renegades won their first game since the All-Star break Wednesday, defeating the Joplin Outlaws 8-6 in MINK League play.
The win snaps the Renegades' six-game losing streak, with five of those losses coming since last Thursday's All-Star Game at Vivion Field.
Tommy Ruether broke a scoreless deadlock in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out, two-strike single, scoring Josef Keilholz and Drew Mize to give the Renegades a 2-0 advantage.
Joplin answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and one more in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
Jefferson City sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring six runs.
Mize hit a leadoff double and scored on David Dell's single. After a Ruether single, Brady Voss hit a ground-rule double, scoring Dell to tie the game at 4.
Later in the inning, Ben Burton walked to load the bases, then Caden Diel drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Renegades the lead.
Voss scored on a wild pitch, then Keilholz hit a double to score two more runs to make it an 8-4 game.
Joplin attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth, getting a two-out, two-run single from Jared Toler to cut Jefferson City's lead to 8-6 and put the tying run on base. However, Kolin Demel closed the game with a strikeout, his third of the inning.
Shane Fontenot was the winning pitcher for the Renegades. He threw four shutout innings of relief, striking out three while allowing four hits and one walk.
Dylan Dunbar pitched the first four innings for Jefferson City, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Keilholz had a pair of doubles two go with two RBI, while Voss finished with a single and a double. Ruether added a pair of singles and a pair of RBI in the win.
Brett Wiemers went 3-for-5 with three singles to lead Joplin (13-16).
Jefferson City (13-18) has an off day today and Friday. The Renegades return to action Saturday at home against Nevada.