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Examiner
  • Bears, Jaguars suffer tough losses

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  • The William Chrisman baseball team got dealt a tough loss after an encouraging win.
    Raytown South rallied from a 7-3 deficit and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to post a walk-off 8-7 win over visiting Chrisman Monday.
    “It was a tough loss,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said after his team fell to 4-2. “We are still learning how to win and tonight it showed.”
    Gannon Ogle singled and doubled with two RBIs to lead Chrisman. Tanner Webb suffered the loss on the mound.
    The loss came after the Bears edged Rayown 2-1 Saturday to claim third place in the Raytown Schools Tournament. The four wins have matched last season’s entire total.
    Freshman Will Fisher spaced four hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings for the victory Saturday.
    Gannon Ogle, who pitched the seventh inning for the save, singled three times and scored a run. Patrick Grego singled with one RBI, and Grady Ogle singled in the other run. The Bears scored both runs in the fourth inning and held on to go 3-1 in the tournament.
    “It was a great way to finish the week,” Wells said Saturday. “Fisher pitched phenomenal. The kids worked hard this week and it was good to see them have some success early.”
    LIBERTY 7, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: The No. 1 ranked Class 5 team was No. 2 Monday.
    Host Liberty scored four runs in the second inning and went on to jolt the previously undefeated Jaguars in the Suburban Big Six opener.
    Reece Eddins suffered the loss but singled twice for South (3-1, 0-1). Connor Davis singled and doubled for the Jaguars.
    “It was not the way we wanted to play in our conference opener,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “Conference games are tough no matter where you are playing. But it’s very tough to win on the road.”
    RAYMORE-PECULIAR 7, TRUMAN 0: Truman was held to five hits in suffering a non-conference home loss Monday.
    “We didn’t play very smart baseball, and I take responsibility for that,” Truman coach John Eglich said.
    Christian Janota singled twice to pace the Patriots (0-5).
    BRUIN WOOD BAT CLASSIC: Fort Osage had to settle for a split of four games in the weekend’s Bruin Wood Bat Classic in Bartlesville, Okla.
    Fort Osage was held to two hits in falling 3-0 to Collinsville (Okla.) Friday.
    “I thought Jordan (Pinkley) and Cale (Petersohn) pitched well enough to win but we made too many errors (four),” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said.
    Page 2 of 3 - Fort Osage then split a pair against host Bartlesville, winning 2-1 and then falling 6-3 Friday night.
    “Huge win. Payton Toliver pitched extremely well, and Nico Pike came in and shut them down,” Walker said of the 2-1 win.
    Aaron Alter singled in the tying run in the fourth inning and Micah Caldarella drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Pike allowed just one hit in the final two innings to get the win.
    In the 6-3 loss, Ryan Toliver had two hits, Alter doubled and Andru Baxley had an RBI triple for his first varsity hit. Fort Osage couldn’t recover from an early 3-0 deficit.
    Fort Osage (3-4) rebounded to defeat Sapulpa (Okla.) 8-2 on Saturday, scoring seven runs in the sixth to overcome a 2-1 deficit.
    “The bats came alive and we got solid pitching out of (Tyler) Murphy,” Walker said.
    Hayden Baumgartner and Baxley each had three hits, Payton Toliver and Trevor Jeffries each added two hits and Griffin Bledsoe went 1 for 3 with two RBIs to power a 15-hit attack.
    KC METRO LEADOFF TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs topped Grain Valley 11-1 and Lee’s Summit North 6-5 at Legacy Park Saturday to finish 3-2 in the KC Metro Leadoff Tournament.
    “It was a great day,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “The pitching and defense were good.”
    Kirk Finley pitched a five-inning two-hitter as the Wildcats rolled past Grain Valley. The Wildcats scored four runs in the second inning to break it open. Jeremy Lufft singled and tripled with four RBIs, Kyle Reed singled and doubled with two RBIs and Erique Jordan singled twice with one RBI. Grain Valley finished 1-4 in the tournament.
    Reed had four hits and one RBI and Lufft had two hits and an RBI to power the Wildcats past North. Dillon Jackson pitched the first four innings for the victory. Jake Abernathy pitched the final three innings to earn a save. North rallied for two runs in the seventh inning.
    Josh DeBacker had three singles and Myles Kilgore and Nick Gavin added two hits each to lead the Broncos, who finished 2-3 in tournament. Dylan Roller suffered the loss.
    RAYTOWN SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT: Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Harrisonville rolled past defending champion Oak Grove 16-6 in the finals of the Raytown Schools Tournament Saturday.
    Harrisonville, which had 10 hits, scored nine runs in the first inning to decide it early.
    “Today you just tip your hat,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “They were better than us. We are proud of our guys and the effort though.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Oak Grove totaled only four hits, including two by Aaron Graham.
    Oak Grove (3-1) gained a berth in the finals by routing Raytown 9-2 Friday. Austin Nibarger pitched four scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season. Dakota Hearn worked the final three. Hearn, Jake Kienzler, Tony Phillips and Lucas Schnelle each had two hits to power the Panthers’ 11-hit attack.
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