Johnny Mac Thunder nixes Meramec Valley


After dropping an 11-1 decision to the Blazers Friday night, the Johnny Mac Thunder baseball team bounced back with a 12-1 win in five innings over Meramec Valley Saturday afternoon.

“Things are actually starting to turn around,” Johnny Mac head coach Adam York said. “We’re talking a lot more and we’re starting to put it all together and I think that we’re turning it around at the right time.”

Johnny Mac starting pitcher Bobby Mc-Arthor threw a no-hitter over five innings.

McArthor allowed just one run while striking out six for his first win of the season. He’s 1-1 overall with a 4.89 ERA.

“The one thing that this team is starting to buy into is that we’ve got to throw first-pitch strikes and when we do that, good things will come,” York said. “I think that when it’s all said and done, he’s going to be a great college prospect.”

Second baseman Daniel Murphy racked up two hits and a walk, which generated three runs scored and three stolen bases in the win against Meramec Valley.

“Daniel’s a great kid that’s going to be something special,” York said. “Colleges should be taking a good look at him this summer.”

Johnny Mac now heads to Springfield to play in the local Fourth of July tournament. Johnny Mac will open the tournament Wednesday with games against Ozark High School at 4:30 p.m. and St. Joseph at 7 p.m.

“We’ve got a few kids visiting Missouri State and Drury (University), and this is why we go to these kinds of tournaments,” York said. “I think that this gives the kids the opportunity to prove that they can play at the collegiate level.”