Solid pitching and hitting lifted the Blue Springs South baseball team into the Eastern Jackson County Tournament championship game.
Austin Simms allowed only three hits and struck out six over 5 1/3 innings to lead the Jaguars past Lee’s Summit 6-2 Wednesday at Legacy Park. Two relief pitchers preserved the lead.
Nic Mertes singled three times, Patrick Lemberger singled and doubled and Braden Younkin singled twice as South improved to 15-5.
South scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to win Pool A and earn a berth in the finals against Lee’s Summit North at 6 tonight on Field 8. North defeated St. Joseph Central 15-8 Wednesday to win Pool B by matching South’s 4-0 record in the tournament.
“It was a good win in tough, windy conditions,” South coach Ben Baier said. “Simms did a great job on the mound, and the kids were ready to play from the first inning on. It was a good team win.”
The Jaguars routed Belton 9-2 and O’Hara 13-4 on Tuesday at Legacy Park. Reece Eddins allowed only two hits and struck out seven in six innings in the Belton victory. Colton Larkins allowed only one hit and struck out three in the O’Hara victory.
Younkin and Cale Benson each had two hits against Belton. Eddins, Simms, Younkin, Colton Pogue and Jacob Clark each had two against O’Hara.
TRUMAN 2, BELTON 1: One big inning was enough for Truman to edge Belton in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Wednesday at Legacy Park.
After going hitless through the first four innings, Truman rallied for three hits and two runs in the fifth inning for the victory and a 2-2 mark in the tournament. Nick Adrales tripled in one run and scored on Reid Titus’ single.
Brayden Jensen went the distance for the victory, striking out three and walking none while scattering eight hits.
“That’s two in a row for Jensen,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “We made a couple defensive plays behind him and got some timely hits.”
Truman (4-12) meets Summit Christian Academy at 4 p.m. today on Field 6 for fifth place.
Truman fell 8-6 to Lee’s Summit in eight innings on Tuesday.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 5, BLUE SPRINGS 3: Raytown South scored twice in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie on the way to the non-league win over visiting Blue Springs Wednesday.
Blue Springs (8-11) managed just four hits and scored all its runs in the second, aided by Ray-South errors. The Cardinals had just two hits but benefited from three walks, five hit batters and a couple of passed balls. Alex VanZandt suffered the loss after pitching 4 2/3 innings.
“We didn’t come ready to play at all,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “It was an ugly game on our part. It’s a shame because it was a nice day.”
VAN HORN 8, LONE JACK 5: The Falcons rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat Lone Jack Wednesday and stretch its winning streak to five games and record to 8-7.
Bobby Barker scattered eight hits and struck out five to earn the win. Brandon Borchert singled in the tying and go-ahead runs during the seventh inning rally. He also score twice and drove in three. Michael Payne doubled.
“It was good to see the kids come back and keep the winning streak alive,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said.
On Tuesday, Van Horn rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 home victory over Odessa at Roper Stadium Tuesday. Nathan Ingold tripled in one run and Jordan Borchert singled in the tying and winning runs.
Payne, the winning pitcher in relief, tripled and hit a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Falcons (7-7) a 6-1 lead. Odessa battled back for an 8-7 lead before the Falcons answered.
“The team showed some composure to come from behind for the win,” Kolster said. “It was a sign of good things to come.”
On Monday, freshman Brandon Borchert and senior Bobby Barker combined for a three-hitter to lead the host Falcons to a 12-3 rout of Maranatha Academy in a Crossroads Conference game at Roper Stadium. Barber capped the win with two scoreless innings.
Payne singled twice and tripled with four RBIs and Nolan Ingold singled twice and tripled with three RBIs for Van Horn (4-1 Crossroads), who took control with a five-run second inning.
“We had a great job by our pitchers,” Kolster said. “And we had only one error in staying atop the conference.”
FORT OSAGE 9, WINNETONKA 3: Fort Osage improved to 2-0 in the Northland Tournament and 8-6 overall with the home victory Tuesday.
“Jamison Raines threw a solid seven innings,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “Trevor Jeffries and Tyler Murphy had a good day at the plate and Trent Thompson’s two-run homer run in the fifth was crucial. We need to clean it up defensively, but overall a good win.”
Griffin Bledsoe, Jeffries and Murphy each had two hits and Chad Sutton went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. The Indians scored four runs in the second inning to take the lead for good and added three in the fifth.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN FALLS TWICE: The Bears fell 14-4 to Lee’s Summit North and 14-3 to St. Joseph Central in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Tuesday at Legacy Park.
Parker LaRoche suffered the loss to North, and Gannon Ogle took the loss against Central.
Chrisman (5-15) wasted a 16-hit attack against North. Will Fisher and Eli Henderson each had three singles and a run scored.
“It was a tough day,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. ODESSA 2, GRAIN VALLEY 1: Alex Smith’s strong outing on the mound wasn’t enough as visiting Grain Valley suffered a tough Missouri River Valley Conference West loss Monday.
Smith allowed only three hits and struck out 10. Odessa scored single runs in the second and third innings. Grain Valley’s only run came in the sixth.
“It was a tough loss,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said. “Alex pitched well. One of their runs came on a checked-swing blooper over the first baseman’s head.”
OAK GROVE 20, RICHMOND 3: A 13-run first inning started visiting Oak Grove (13-3) on the way to a rout Monday. Austin Reader improved to 5-0 with the victory and had two hits and three RBIs.
“We were able to take advantage of defensive miscues and got a few walks to go with our six hits in the first inning,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “It was good to get all our guys and give them an opportunity to see some action tonight.”
Tanner Johnson went 4 for 5 with an RBI and three runs, Drew Phillips and Tony Phillips each had two hits, three RBIs and three runs and Jake Kienzler, Lucas Schnelle and Austin Nibarger each drove in two runs.