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  • Indians sweep pair from Hornets

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  • The Fort Osage baseball team saved its best for last Monday.
    The Indians scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off a North Kansas City rally in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-7 victory in the first game of a Suburban Middle Seven doubleheader at Fort Osage. In the second game, the Indians scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to post a 13-7 victory and complete the sweep of the Hornets.
    Northtown served as the home team in the first game, which was a makeup of a rained out game earlier this season.
    Sophomore Andru Baxley went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs and Trevor Jeffries doubled and singled with two RBIs to spark the Indians in the first game.
    Tyler Murphy allowed five hits and three runs – none earned – in six innings for the win. Cale Petersohn came on in the seventh to help the Indians escape the jam and record a save.
    “Great game by Andru,” Indians coach Chris Walker said.
    In the second game with the Indians as the home team, Ryan Toliver went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs to power the Indians. His three-run blast above the trees in left field sparked a six-run fifth inning that erased a 5-4 deficit. The Indians tacked on three more runs in the sixth.
    Jamison Raines claimed the win in relief of Payton Toliver, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.
    “Jamison came in and pitched a great game,” Walker said. “Toliver, (Chad) Sutton and Baxley had a great game offensively. Good win.”
    Sutton and Baxley each had two hits, including a double, and Griffin Bledsoe and Micah Caldarella each had a hit and an RBI for the Indians (11-7, 5-1 Middle Seven).
    PARK HILL SOUTH 5, TRUMAN 4: Truman’s seventh-inning rally fell just short in a Suburban Middle Six loss to the visiting Panthers.
    Nick Adrales, who had two hits, slugged a two-run homer and Van Oswald hit a two-run single in the seventh.
    “We had the tying run at first but struck out to end the game,” Patriots coach John Eglich said.
    Oswald suffered the loss despite pitching a complete game as the Patriots fell to 4-13 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
    VAN HORN 4, BUTLER 3: The Falcons needed eight innings to make it seven wins in a row, as Brandon Borchert’s RBI single in the eighth lifted Van Horn to Monday’s victory at Roper Field.
    Page 2 of 2 - Levi Kelsey led off the bottom of the eighth with a single, and Cody Storey followed with another single before Borchert’s game-winner, which capped the freshman’s 3-for-4 day with two RBIs.
    Kelsey pitched 7 2/3 innings, scattering five hits and four walks against six strikeouts. Butler scored all its runs in the sixth, just one of them earned, and Michael Payne relieved Kelsey and got a strikeout to strand a runner at second for the Falcons (10-7).
    Van Horn answered Butler’s runs with three of its own in the bottom of the sixth.
    RAYTOWN 8, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Colton McQuinn limited the Bears to five hits to pace the visiting Blue Jays’ Suburban Middle Seven win at Crysler Stadium.
    Raytown scored four runs in the second and two each in the fifth and seventh. Chrisman (5-17, 0-6 Middle Seven) got its lone run in the seventh. Will Fisher suffered the loss after pitching the first four innings.
    “They hit the ball all right, but we didn’t help ourselves with four errors,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “Their pitcher did a good job shutting us down until the seventh.”
    BLUE SPRINGS SPLITS: Blue Springs followed a complete game with a slugfest Saturday in the Lawrence Festival in Lawrence, Kan.
    The Wildcats dominated Bishop Miege 12-2 in their first game but got outslugged 17-14 in an eight-inning loss to Blue Valley Northwest in the second game.
    Devin Sesler went distance in the win over Miege, allowing five hits and two runs while fanning seven. Kirk Finley and Kyle Reed each had two hits and three RBIs, Jeremy Lufft had two hits and two RBIs and Dillon Jackson added three hits.
    “We played well in all three phases against Miege,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “In the second game, we got down 8-0 after the first inning but no one got down and we chipped away. Even though we lost I was really proud of them.”
    The Wildcats (10-12) grabbed a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but Northwest tied it with a run in the seventh and then scored eight runs in the top of the eight. Blue Springs rallied for five in the bottom of the eighth and had the tying run at the plate but couldn’t get any closer.
    Lufft had two hits and four RBIs, Ross Baker had two singles, a triple and two RBIs and Jon Fink and Finley each added two hits against Northwest.
    GRAIN VALLEY DROPS TWO: Grain Valley dropped to 6-12 overall with a 4-2 loss to Centralia and an 11-1, six-inning defeat to host Boonville in the final two games of the Boonville Wood Bat Tournament on Saturday.

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