Blue Springs baseball and new coach Tim McElligott have their first victory.
Alex VanZandt allowed six hits and struck out four to lead the Wildcats past Smithville 8-0 in the third pool play game in the KC Metro Leadoff Tournament Wednesday at Legacy Park.
Jeremy Lufft singled twice and doubled with one RBI and Kirk Finley singled twice with three RBIs to power the Wildcats (1-2), who sealed the win by erupting for five runs in the second inning.
“It feels good to get the first victory,” said McElligott, a former assistant who is taking over for the retired Marc Hines.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN SPLITS: The William Chrisman Bears outlasted O’Hara 11-9 and fell 22-4 to Harrisonville at Raytown South in Red Pool action in the Raytown Schools Tournament.
Patrick Grego was the winning pitcher against O’Hara. Will Fished singled twice and doubled with two RBIs, Parker LaRoche doubled twice with two RBIs, Gannon Ogle singled twice and doubled and scored three runs and leadoff hitter Eli Henderson singled three times and scored three runs.
Chrisman took an early 3-0 lead and held on to remain undefeated in three games.
The second game, though, was a different story as a strong Harrisonville team was too much for the Bears. Tyler Woodward suffered the loss.
“The conditions were bad,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “The second game was played in the rain. Harrisonville is really good and hit the ball all over the place.
“But it was good to get a win. We are starting two freshman and four sophomores and they are learning how to win. The second game was tough. But the kids are playing hard.”
OAK GROVE 19, VAN HORN 0: Starter Austin Nibarger and Lucas Schnelle combined for a three-inning one-hitter as Oak Grove posted its second victory in Blue Pool action in the Raytown Schools Tournament at Robinson School.
Drew Phillips had three hits, including a home run, and five RBIs and scored two runs, and Dakota Hearn had two hits, four RBIs and three runs as the Panthers (2-0) pounded out 12 hits and capitalized on nine walks.
Tony Phillips and T.J. Mausbach each added two hits for Oak Grove, who ended it early with 13 runs in the third inning.
Van Horn fell to 1-4 with its fifth game in five days. Earlier in the day, Van Horn dropped an 11-7 decision to Grandview.
On Tuesday, Oak Grove edged Grandview 8-7 in Blue Pool play. Oak Grove, the tournament’s defending champion, erased a 7-3 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called on a time limit.
Tanner Johnson went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Nibarger and Aaron Graham each drove in a run for the Panthers, who also took advantage of five hit batters, two walks and four Grandview errors.
“We are very proud of how our guys battled back in the game,” Panthers coach Kirk Sears said of Tuesday’s win. … Our guys showed tremendous character and determination in coming back to get the win.”