Good pitching, timely hitting and defense paid off for the Fort Osage baseball team.
Payton Toliver pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief, and Tyler Murphy and Jamison Raines each singled in a run as the Indians scored all of their runs in the fifth inning to down visiting Belton for a 3-1 Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday.
“Jamison Raines had a good day offensively, and Tyler Murphy had a big two-out single to give us the lead,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “We played solid defense but struggled early at the plate. It was nice to start the conference off with a win.”
Starter Jordan Pinkley, Toliver and Nico Pike combined to allow just four hits and struck out six. They were backed by errorless defense as Fort Osage evened its record at 4-4 overall.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 8, LEE’S SUMMIT 3: Blue Springs South pounded out 15 hits in a Suburban Big Six victory over the host Tigers Monday.
Reece Eddins spaced five hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings for the victory.
Eddins also singled and hit a two-run homer, Colton Pogue doubled twice with three RBIs, Patrick Lemberger singled twice and doubled with one RBI, Connor Davis singled three times and Nic Mertes added two hits.
“It was a real good road win,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said after the Jaguars improved to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Six.
Over the weekend, the weather perhaps prevented the Jaguars from a better showing in the Midwest Classic in St. Charles, Mo. The Jaguars (5-4) went 3-2 and had to play three games on Saturday.
South lost to No. 3 ranked Francis Howell 3-1 in the opener Friday. Austin Simms pitched well in going the distance for the loss. Eddins singled and hit a solo homer for South’s only run.
The Jaguars fell 5-4 to Rockwood Summit. Davis took the loss in relief of Ethan Frazier. Jacob Clark had two hits and Andy Tritsch doubled in a run in a game that didn’t end until near midnight.
South played the first of three Saturday games at 8:30 a.m. and defeated Francis Howell North 8-5. Pogue hit a go-ahead three-run homer. Caleb Humphreys went the first five innings for the win and C.J. Smith picked up a save.
South defeated Fort Zumwalt East 13-3. Colton Larkins earned the win. Jacob Clark, Eddins and Tritsch each had three hits. The Jags then finished with a 17-2 loss to St. Louis CBC. Trevor Wendleton was the losing pitcher. Davis doubled and scored a run for South.
“Playing five games in a 24-hour span on five hours of sleep is obviously not ideal or normal,” Baier said. “But our guys responded and busted their tails against some good teams. By the third on Saturday, we were trying to piece together our staff the best we could, and I was really happy with our attitude and effort.”
GRANDVIEW 11, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 10: Visiting Grandview rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to stun the Bears Monday at Crysler Stadium.
Grandview strung together three singles, a walk and game-winning three-run double in the decisive seventh inning.
“We have lost three straight games in the seventh inning,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said, also referring to losses to Raytown South and Raytown. “We could be 7-1 instead of 4-4. We are much improved, but we have to learn how to win.”
Eli Henderson singled and doubled, walked twice and score four runs and Parker LaRoche singled twice with two RBIs to power the Bears.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 5, BLUE SPRINGS 4: An unearned run in the top of the 10th inning lifted North to the Suburban Big Six victory over Blue Springs Monday.
Jeremy Lufft’s sacrifice fly scored Dillon Jackson with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh as Blue Springs (4-4, 1-2) sent the game to extra innings.
“It was a very tough loss,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “We battled back. The kids did a great job and didn’t give up. Everybody played a role.”
Kyle Reed singled and hit a two-run homer to lead Blue Springs.
PARK HILL SOUTH 5, TRUMAN 4: An infield throw error allowed the winning run to score from second base in the ninth inning, giving Park Hill South the victory over winless Truman in the Suburban Middle Six opener.
South scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie it 4-4 and send it into extra innings.
“It was a tough loss,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “But I found out some positive things about our team.”
Rorey Combs singled and tripled with one RBI for Truman (0-6).
SMITHVILLE 1, GRAIN VALLEY 0: The Eagles slipped to 1-6 overall with a tough 10-inning road loss.