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Examiner
  • South bats, Simms' arm bury Bruins

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  • SEDALIA – Colton Pogue slugged a two-run homer and Andrew Tritsch hit a three-run double to pace the attack for the Blue Springs South baseball team’s 10-1 in over Columbia Rock Bridge in the Sedalia-Smith Cotton/Warrensburg West Central Classic.
    Pogue batted 2-for-3 and scored four runs, and Tritsch’s big hit highlighted a six-run fourth that made it 9-0 Wednesday at Liberty Park Stadium.
    That was plenty of support for Austin Simms, who struck out seven and scattered three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
    “A good win on the road against a really good team,” South coach Ben Baier said. “Simms did a great job on the mound. Early on he was having a hard time finding his spots, but he fought through and had a good game.”
    South, which improved to 8-4, plays Rockwood Summit today.
    LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 5, TRUMAN 0: Truman was no match for Alex Lange, who pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts for visiting Lee’s Summit West.
    “We played OK,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “Their pitcher dominated us.”
    Truman fell to 1-7 and 1-2. West improved to 11-3.
    OAK GROVE 9, PLEASANT HILL 0: Pitchers Austin Reader and Lucas Schnelle were too much for Pleasant Hill Tuesday.
    They combined to scatter eight hits and strike out five in leading Oak Grove to the Missouri River Valley Conference West home victory. Reader pitched first four innings for his third win of the season. Schnelle got credit for his first career save.
    Oak Grove (6-2, 2-1) collected nine hits led by two each by Tanner Johnson, Austin Nibarger and Aaron Graham. Nibarger and Graham each had two RBIs. Nibarger’s leadoff double and two-run single highlighted a seven-run second inning for the Panthers.
    “Reader and Schnelle did a nice job of pitching out of jams,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “Twice Pleasant Hill had the bases loaded and no outs and we were able to pitch our way out of it. This was a good win, and we’d just like to make it a little less interesting next time out.”
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