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Coates Comes Up Big in Districts Again

(File photo) Chandler Coates lowered his ERA to 1.42. He has 84 strikeouts this season.
(File photo) Chandler Coates lowered his ERA to 1.42. He has 84 strikeouts this season.
Last season in the district semifinals, Chandler Coates struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in his best performance ever. This year the district semifinals, he outdid himself.

Coates threw a no-hitter, striking out 12 and walking only one batter in seven innings, as Republic knocked off Joplin 2-0 to advance to the district championship game. Going back to last season, Coates has pitched 14 career post-season innings and has not allowed a run.

The Tigers got all the scoring they needed in the bottom of the first inning. Jake Smith singled with two outs and scored on a double by Regan Butterworth to give Republic a 1-0 lead.

Republic got an insurance run in the bottom of the second. Coates led off with a double and McQuerter laid down a bunt single to advance courtesy runner Maverick Lopez to third base. Lopez then scored on an error by the pitcher to make it 2-0.

Meanwhile, Coates was in command all night. He threw 96 pitches — 65 of them strikes. The only runner to reach base was Chris Lenardi, who drew a two-out walk in the fourth inning.

Republic improves to 13-9. The Tigers advance to the district championship game, where they’ll face Webb City (20-6). The Cardinals defeated Neosho 3-0 in their district semifinal.

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