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Examiner
  • Jaguars split in Columbia

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  • The Blue Springs South baseball team used its bats to leave Columbia with a victory.
    After falling to Columbia Rock Bridge 3-0 Saturday, the Jaguars pounded out 14 hits in a 9-3 victory over St. Louis CBC.
    Caleb Humphreys was the losing pitcher against Rock Bridge. Reece Eddins and Cale Benson each singled twice.
    Colton Pogue singled and hit a two-run homer, Braden Younkin singled three times, Eddins singled twice and doubled and Jacob Clark, Benson and Patrick Lemberger each added two hits to pace the attack in the win over CBC, which is ranked fifth in the Class 5 state coaches poll. Ethan Frazier was the winning pitcher and Conner Davis got credited with a save.
    “Overall, it was a good day,” South coach Ben Baier said. “I like playing good competition, and we played two good teams. The kids did a good job coming back in the second game. I still believe in what we are trying to do.”
    The split leaves fourth-ranked South at 18-11 overall entering the final week of the regular season.
    OAK GROVE SPLITS PAIR: Class 4 No. 6-ranked Oak Grove (20-5) went to Boonville Saturday and defeated Columbia Battle 18-3 but fell to Boonville 16-6.
    Fourteen hits, six walks and five Battle errors highlighted the victory over the Class 5 school as sophomore Tanner Johnson tied a school record with five hits and six RBIs. Tony Phillips, Dakota Hearn and Aaron Graham each added two hits. Skyler Johnson improved to 5-1 with the five-inning victory.
    Boonville clinched its win with an eight-run fifth inning. Austin Reeder had three hits and Jake Kienzler two to lead the Panthers.
    “I believe this is the first time in Oak Grove baseball history we had 20 wins before the regular season was over,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “It’s only the third time in the program history that a 20-win season has been accomplished.”
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