SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics and Independence Post 21 have advanced to the single-elimination, 16-team bracket play portion of the Price Cutter Fourth of July Tournament.
The A’s defeated Springfield Parkview 10-2 and Strafford 13-5 Friday to go 3-0 in Pool 4. The A’s also beat Nixa 2-1 Thursday. Post 21 stopped Clever 4-2 and Aurora 5-4 to finish 2-1 in Pool 5 and also advance after suffering a 8-1 loss to Willard Thursday night. The top two teams in each of the eight pools advanced.
Dillon Jackson pitched a four-hitter for the A’s (25-2) against Parkview. Ramon Rivera singled twice, scored two runs and drove in two, Corbin Hare singled with two RBIs and Nathan Carlton singled twice to spark the A's at the plate. A four-run second inning on three hits keyed the victory.
Alex VanZandt was the winning pitcher against Strafford. Jackson singled and scored four runs, Carlton singled and doubled with three RBIs, Hare singled and doubled with two RBIs and Rivera singled and doubled and scored two runs. The A’s scored in each of the game’s six innings.
Nick Adrales pitched Post 21’s victory over Clever and Myles Odom was the winning pitcher against Aurora with Tanner Stone getting a save.
The A’s and Post 21 play again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
FARGO-MOORHEAD TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs Post 499 Fike pitchers allowed just two runs Friday as the team won its first two games at the Fargo-Moorhead Tournament on the North Dakota-Minnesota border. Post 499 beat Detroit Lakes (Minn.) 4-1 and Chanhassen (Minn.) 3-1.
Kaleb Salmon pitched a seven-inning one-hitter against Detroit Lakes. He struck out seven and walked four while throwing 104 pitches.
Fike (14-2) scored three runs in the first inning and one in the fourth. Zack Ehlen doubled and singled, and Nic Mertes, Cale Benson (2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases) and Tanner Lucas (double) each added hits. Fike stole a total of six bases.
Benson and Nate Pecota had RBI doubles against Chanhassen, and Ehlen, Blake Roberts and Andrew Olsen also had hits. Roberts got the final out in relief of Lucas, who scattered seven hits and three walks and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings.
Due to rainy weather in the region, Fike’s Saturday’s morning game against the Tri-City Reds of New Brighton, Minn., was canceled. Post 499 still is scheduled to play Fargo Post 2 at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunday morning’s game against Shoreview is at 8 a.m., and if Fike qualifies for the championship game it will also be Sunday.
LEE’S SUMMIT POST 189 PIRATES 1-0, LEE’S SUMMIT OUTLAWS 0-13: Saul Nuñez pitched a seven-inning five-hit shutout to pace the Post 189 Pirates in the opener, but the Outlaws rebounded in a big way to win the nightcap in Thursday’s Zone 2 West doubleheader at Legacy Park.
Dillon Howell and Austin Buhr clubbed back-to-back doubles in the first inning to give the Pirates the lone run in the first game. Nuñez struck out seven and walked one, and Buhr preserved the win with a feet-first sliding catch down the right field line for the final out.
Losing pitcher P.J. Seufert also pitched a complete-game five-hitter for the Outlaws.
The Outlaws’ Miles Kilgore went six innings to get the win in game two, striking out eight against five hits and four walks. Seth Soto (4 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 doubles, Brett Conrow (2 runs, 2 RBIs, double) and Quentin Bradford (2 runs) each went 3 for 5 at the plate.
Jared Snook took the loss and John Pumphrey had two hits for the Pirates.
Earlier Thursday, the Pirates and Outlaws completed a previous meeting that had been suspended in the sixth inning due to the Legacy Park curfew. The Pirates won 8-1.