The Blue Springs South baseball team got its season off to a strong start and passed a couple of milestones along the way.
In its 500th game in the program’s history Saturday, the Jaguars blanked host Fort Osage 5-0 behind a no-hitter from Austin Simms. In the second game, South defeated Liberty North 11-4 for the 300th victory in the program’s history.
“It was a nice start to our season against a couple of very well-coached teams. I was proud of how our guys battled through the conditions and competed all day long,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said of his team, which is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5 in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll. “Austin did a great job in game one on the mound with the no-hitter, but he would be the first to tell you it was a total team effort.”
Simms struck out five and walked just one while tossing the no-hitter against a veteran Fort Osage squad. Jordan Pinkley suffered the loss for the Indians.
Reece Eddins went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Cale Benson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Jaguars at the plate against Fort Osage.
The Jaguars pounded out 18 hits in the 11-4 win over No. 10-ranked Liberty North. Braden Younkin and Nic Mertes each had four hits to lead the attack. South erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
Eddins pitched the first four innings. Caleb Humphrey, Colton Larkins and Conner Davis each threw one inning in relief as the Jaguars combined to allow three hits and 10 walks.
LIBERTY NORTH 4, FORT OSAGE 2: Liberty North scored two runs in each of the first and fifth innings to edge host Fort Osage Saturday.
Jamison Raines suffered the loss despite giving up just three hits and two unearned runs in four innings. Taylor Murphy singled twice with an RBI and Chad Sutton and Trent Thompson each doubled for the Indians (0-2).
Fort Osage, which scored single runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, fell despite outhitting the Eagles 8-6. Three of Liberty North’s four runs were unearned.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 29, KC NORTHEAST 0: The Bears routed Kansas City Northeast at RBI Field in Kansas City Monday.
Eli Henderson allowed one hit in three innings for the victory. Patrick Grego hit a grand slam and Taylor Cox went 4-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs.
“It was good to get started,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “We have a big week ahead with the Raytown Tournament.”
The Bears meet host Raytown South at 3 p.m. today and take on O’Hara and Harrisonville on Wednesday.
VAN HORN FALLS TWICE: Van Horn fell to host Warsaw 3-2 in eight innings and 15-4 to Holden in season-opening games Saturday at Warsaw.
Levi Kelsey pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball before giving way to Michael Payne, who suffered the first game loss to Warsaw. Payne and Kelsey each had an RBI single.
Kelsey hit a two-run homer and Nolan Ingold doubled in the loss to Holden. Lewis Gray suffered the loss as new coach Jay Kolster used five pitchers.
“I threw our two best pitchers in the first game,” Kolster said. “It’s a young team and will be an improvement process during the year.”