The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics were unbeatable in the Milt Simmons American Legion Tournament over the weekend in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The A’s went 5-0 to take the title and improve to 10-1 overall.
The Lee’s Summit Hawthorn Bank Outlaws, though, went 1-4 in the Post 307 Invitational of nearby Renner, S.D.
After defeating the host team 11-6 and 5-3 on Friday, the A’s defeated Yankton (S.D.) 9-0 Saturday. Jared Lafal pitched a three-hitter for the win. Jeremy Lufft singled three times and scored two runs, David Stober had a two-run double and Zach Robinson doubled twice to lead the A’s at the plate.
The A’s then edged Sioux Falls East 8-7. Blue Springs erupted for five runs in the third inning to grab an 8-4 lead, and they held on for the victory. Lufft was the winning pitcher and Dillon Jackson worked two innings for the save. Kirk Finley singled and doubled, Lufft doubled with three RBIs, Corbin Hare singled and tripled with two RBIs and scored two runs and Jackson singled twice and doubled.
The A’s clinched the title with a 10-2 victory over Omaha (Neb.) Burke on Sunday, scoring nine runs in the fourth inning on nine hits. Jonathan Fink earned the victory on the mound. Lufft singled twice, Stober singled three times, Ramon Riviera singled and doubled with two RBIs, Robinson singled twice with two RBIs and scored three runs and Lafal singled three times with two RBIs.
In the Renner Post 307 tournament, Valley Springs (S.D.) Post 131 scored all of its runs in the fourth inning to edge the Outlaws 6-5. P.J. Seufert took the loss. Jackson Markham and Quentin Bradford each had two hits.
The Outlaws fell 7-6 to Omaha Digiorgio Sports Ware. Miles Kilgore took the loss. Seth Soto had two hits and three RBIs, Bradford added two singles and two RBIs and Herb Myers had three singles.
Omaha Associated Fire defeated the Outlaws and Markham 9-2. Blake Bruning singled twice, Soto doubled twice and Brett Conrow singled and doubled.
Soto claimed the win as the Outlaws routed North Fork (Neb.) 11-1. Soto doubled and homered, Bradford singled three times with two RBIs, Brian Conrow singled four times with two RBIs and Kameron Gray tripled with one RBI.
The Outlaws (9-6) finished tournament play with a 6-0 loss to the Miller (Neb.) Post 52 Patriots. Alex Schuler suffered the loss. Bradford and Brian Conrow each doubled.
“We didn’t play as well as we could,” Outlaws manager Mike Gailey said of his team’s showing in the tourney. “The tournament was an eye-opener for us. I still think we are going to be a good team.”