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Examiner
  • Bears fall in extra innings

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  • It’s another tough loss for the William Chrisman baseball team.
    Visiting North Kansas City scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning for a 6-3 Suburban Middle Seven victory Friday at Crysler Stadium.
    The Bears (4-10, 0-5) tied the game 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Ross singled and scored on Cody Jackson’s two-out double.
    “We played a lot better and hit the ball well,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “We missed out on some scoring opportunities but we played better baseball. That was good to see.”
    Gannon Ogle was the losing pitcher. He pitched well into the eighth inning but allowed the go-ahead Northtown run.
    Jackson singled twice and doubled with two RBIs and Ogle singled and doubled with two RBIs to lead Chrisman.
    BLUE SPRINGS LOSE TWO: It was a historic day for Blue Springs.
    The Wildcats fell to host Liberty 5-4 in a Suburban Big Six game and then fell 6-2 in a non-conference game as Trey Ziegenbein became what coach Tim McElligott called the first freshman starting pitcher for the Wildcats in the sport.
    “I’ve been here 17 years and a freshman has never started,” McElligott said. “He did a great job. We made five errors. Only one run was earned. If we had played behind him, we may have walked out with a 2-1 win.”
    Liberty score three runs in the fourth inning for a 5-2 lead and went on to take the first game. Jeremy Lufft was the losing pitcher in relief. Lufft singled twice, Brandon Bennefeld singled twice with two RBIs and Nate Carlton singled and doubled with one RBI for the Wildcats (7-9, 1-3 Big Six).
    “We can hit it but cannot catch it,” McElligott said. “I don’t understand it.”
    GRAIN VALLEY WINS TWO: The Eagles defeated Kirksville 7-3 and Windsor 11-0 to place second in the Marshall Tournament.
    Avery Fowler relieved Landon Hedrick in the fifth inning for the win against Kirksville. The Eagles scored four runs in the sixth inning for the win. Zach Slaven singled and doubled and Zach Ehlen singled twice to lead the Eagles. Ryan Niemann singled in two runs to put Grain Valley ahead for good at 5-3.
    Niemann allowed only two hits in getting the win against Windsor. Nick Alvarado hit a solo homer and Slaven singled and doubled again.
    ”We did some positive things and gained some confidence heading into conference play,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said after the 3-1 tourney showing boosted Grain Valley to 5-9 overall.
    Page 2 of 2 - OAK GROVE 8, HARRISONVILLE 0: The third time was the charm for Oak Grove against Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Harrisonville this season.
    Austin Nibarger allowed only one hit and struck out five in pitching the Panthers to the key victory Thursday. He lost his bid for a no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning. He improved to 4-1 with his only loss to Harrisonville (5-2) on April 4. Harrisonville also defeated Oak Grove 16-6 in the Raytown Schools Tournament final.
    “Nibarger threw a gem today,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “This was a very good win for our program and these guys. They really stepped up to the challenge. To hold that offense to only one hit after the performance they put on the first time we played them was awesome.”
    Oak Grove (12-3), who took over first place in the MRVC West at 4-1, collected six hits, including two each by Tony Philllips and Nibarger. Jake Kienzler had two RBIs.

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