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Examiner
  • Jaguars win fifth straight

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  • SEDALIA, Mo. — The Blue Springs South baseball team remains undefeated in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton/Warrensburg West Central Classic.
    Colton Larkins allowed eight hits over six innings to pitch the Jaguars to a 9-4 victory over Ozark Friday at Sedalia’s Liberty Park.
    Larkins escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth inning. South responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good at 6-3.
    “It was good to see the kids fight from the start,” South coach Ben Baier said.
    Austin Simms singled twice, scored two runs and drove in one, Colton Pogue singled and doubled with two RBIs, Braden Younkin had two hits, two runs and one RBI and Patrick Lemberger singled and doubled with one RBI as South collected 12 hits to post its fifth consecutive victory and improve to 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the tournament.
    South concludes tournament play with a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday against Fox of Arnold, Mo.
    BLUE SPRINGS FALLS TWICE: Blue Springs suffered tough 6-5 and 5-4 losses to Jefferson City Blair Oaks and Jefferson City, respectively, in the Capitol City Classic Friday.
    Blair Oaks made an early 6-1 lead stand up. Jared Lafal singled three times and Kyle Reed singled and doubled for Blue Springs.
    A two-run throwing error allowed Jefferson City to the score 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. An inning later, the Jays scored the winning run. Jake Abernathy singled twice and doubled with two RBIs and Reed singled and doubled with one RBI to lead the Wildcats.
    “It was tough day,” Blue Springs coach Tim Elligott said. “We were hitting the ball with 12 hits in the first game and 10 in the second.”
    Blue Springs (4-6) plays two more games Saturday.
    FORT OSAGE 10, RAYTOWN 0: Fort Osage stretched its winning streak to four games with Suburban Middle Seven home win Friday.
    Tyler Murphy pitched a four-hitter and struck out nine. Ryan Toliver doubled twice and singled with three RBIs, Chad Sutton homered and singled with one RBI and Griffin Bledsoe singled twice with two RBIs to lead a nine-hit attack.
    The Indians (6-4, 3-0) scored five runs in the third to take a 7-0 lead on the way to the win.
    “Murphy struggled early with his control and came back and pitched a good game,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “It was a good win against a good Raytown team.”
    GRANDVIEW 6, VAN HORN 4: Grandview led all the way in defeating Van Horn Friday at Roper Field in Sugar Creek.
    Page 2 of 2 - Van Horn (3-7) collected six hits. Levi Kelsey singled with one RBI and Cody Storey singled twice with three RBIs.
    “We caught their No. 1 pitcher, and he did a good job,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said. “We just got beat today after suffering a tough loss (14-13 to Heritage Christian Thursday).”
    LEE’S SUMMIT 7, TRUMAN 3: Truman fell to Lee’s Summit at Legacy Park Friday.
    Losing pitcher Brayden Jensen doubled in all of the Truman runs in the third inning. Terry Hancock had two singles for the Patriots (1-8).
    “Lee’s Summit was better than us,” Truman coach John Eglich said.
    OAK PARK 17, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Visiting Oak Park rolled to a Suburban Middle Seven victory at Crysler Stadium. Chrisman (4-6, 0-4) was held to two hits.
    OAK GROVE WINS TWO: Oak Grove defeated Warrensburg 4-3 and Pleasant Hill 13-3 Thursday to improve to 3-0 in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton/Warrensburg West Central Classic.
    Austin Nibarger allowed only three hits and struck out seven for his third victory in pitching the Panthers (9-2) past Warrensburg. Dakota Hearn earned his first career varsity win in 5 2/3 innings against Pleasant Hill.
    “We collected 20 hits over the two games while striking out only once,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said.
    Hearn and Drew Phillips each had three hits and Tony Phillips two in the Warrensburg victory. Hearn had three RBIs and Phillips two against Pleasant Hill.
    Oak Grove meets Boonville at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
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