Poor defense prevented the Blue Springs South baseball team from going 4-0 in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton/Warrensburg West Central Classic.
Five South errors led to four unearned runs for Fox of Arnold in a 5-0 loss to the Warriors Saturday at the University of Central Missouri’s Crane Stadium in Warrensburg.
“Sophomore Jake Lamb pitched creditably in his first varsity start. He did what we wanted him to do,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “We were not very sharp today. We had played 11 games in eight days.“
Fox scored five runs, including four unearned, in the third inning to drop South to 3-1 in the round-robin tournament and 10-5 overall.
Oak Grove had to settle for a 3-1 showing in its pool in the West Central Classic as Boonville made the most of seven hits for a 7-2 victory Saturday at Warrensburg High School.
Jake Kienzler had two hits and Josh Lewis had his first varsity hit and two seventh-inning RBIs to pace Oak Grove (9-3).
Oak Grove trailed only 1-0 until Boonville broke it open with two runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh.
“All in all, this was a good week by going 4-1,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “We are still making mistakes, but the main thing is to learn from those mistakes.”
CAPITOL CITY CLASSIC: Blue Springs fell 9-5 to St. Charles Lutheran but routed Eureka 13-4 Saturday in its final two games in Jefferson City’s Capitol City Classic.
Blue Springs pounded out 16 hits against Eureka. Zach Robinson singled and tripled with three RBIs, and Nate Carlton singled twice with two RBIs. Jeremy Lufft singled, doubled and tripled, Kyle Reed singled twice and tripled and Kirk Finley and Jake Abernathy each singled twice.
“We finally put it together,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said of the win over Eureka. “It was good to go home with win. We have to do a better job of fielding. We had 42 hits in the four tournament games.”
Finley pitched the first three innings for the victory. Jon Fink worked the final three as Blue Springs improved to 5-7.
Erique Jordan suffered the loss to St. Charles Lutheran. Jared Lafal, Lufft and Finley each singled twice.