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Examiner
  • Fike pitchers stifle Bears

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  • Blue Springs Post 499 Fike pitchers combined to allow just two hits Monday in a doubleheader sweep of the Independence VFW Post 1000 Bears. Fike won 11-0 and 10-0 in a pair of five inning games at Crysler Stadium.
    Adam Olsen and Braden Younkin combined for a no-hitter in the first game, as Olsen struck out four in four innings. Zack Ehlen, Cale Benson (double), Derek Case (double, 2 RBIs), Nate Pecota (2 RBIs) and Tanner Lucas (triple) each had two hits in a 13-hit attack, as Fike (20-5, 11-2 Zone 2 East) scored 10 runs in the second inning.
    Fike scored four runs in the first and five in the third in the nightcap. Nic Mertes rapped three hits, including a triple, and Case and Younkin (triple) had two RBIs each. Adam Smith (4 strikeouts in 2 innings), Jake Krska (2 innings) and Pecota combined on the shutout.
    Kyle Pleacher and J.T. Bodenhamer had hits for the Bears (6-25, 2-18 Zone 2 West). Aaron Schuster and Kevin Losch took the losses on the mound.
    BLUE SPRINGS POST 499 FIKE 7-5, SEDALIA POST 642 6-0: Fike scratched out a game one win despite losing a 5-0 lead, then got a two-hit shutout from Garrett Phillips in the nightcap to sweep Saturday’s Zone 2 East doubleheader on the road.
    After Sedalia tied the game at 6-all, Fike (18-5, 9-2) plated a run in the sixth and Victor Schofield and Blake Roberts finished up in relief. Benson doubled twice for two RBIs, and Mertes also had two hits.
    Phillips struck out seven and walked four in the second game and helped his cause with a solo home run. Pecota tripled and doubled and scored three times, and Ehlen notched three hits.
    SEDALIA POST 642 7-7, INDEPENDENCE POST 21 0-0: Post 21 fell to 9-19 and 6-10 after forfeiting two games to Post 642 Sunday because of a lack of players. Sedalia improved to 6-10 and 17-16.
    LEE’S SUMMIT OUTLAWS 11-10, ST. JOSEPH POST 11 0-0: The Outlaws rapped a combined a 29 hits to sweep a pair of mercy-rule games Thursday at St. Joseph. Lee’s Summit improved to 25-12 overall and 14-4 in Zone 2 West.
    Dalton Woods (3 RBIs) and Herb Byers (4 RBIs) each went 3 for 4 to highlight a 17-hit attack in the first game, which lasted six innings. Woods (double), Quentin Bradford (double) and Byers each had two-run hits in a seven-run fourth inning. P.J. Seufert struck out six and scattered six hits and a walk in five shutout innings to get the win.
    Seth Soto (home run, double), Hayden Bradford (double) and Kameron Gray each had two hits and Byers blasted a three-run homer in the second game, which lasted just five innings. Alec Shuler added a two-run triple. Miles Kilgore struck out six and allowed just two hits and walk in five innings for the win.
    Page 2 of 2 - Earlier in the week, the Outlaws split a non-league doubleheader with Warrensburg Post 131, winning 7-2 and losing 10-2.
    LINCOLN (NEB.) TOURNAMENT: A good start didn’t result in a good finish for the Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s in the strong Lincoln Tournament. The A’s (29-6) won their opening two games and lost the next three.
    The A’s opened with a 7-3 victory over Omaha Gross. Dillon Jackson pitched five innings in relief of Jared Lafal for the victory, striking out two and allowing only two hits. David Stober singled and doubled with two RBIs, Ramon Rivera had a two-run double and Corbin Hare an RBI double
    The A’s defeated North Platte (Neb.) 6-1 as Devon Sesler pitched a complete game two-hitter with eight strikeouts. Nate Carlton singled three times with one RBI, Jackson singled twice with two RBIs and Brandon Bennefeld singled with one RBI and scored two runs.
    Judd’s Brothers of Lincoln defeated the A’s 4-0. Lafal had two hits and Aaron Bennefeld took the loss. Pinnacle Bank of Lincoln stopped the A’s 6-2. Alex VanZandt was the losing pitcher, as the A’s twice left the bases loaded. Stober singled and doubled and Lafal had an RBI single. Pinnacle Bank of Omaha stopped the A’s 10-2 with Kirk Finley taking the loss. Jackson singled twice and Brandon Bennefeld had an RBI single.
    The A’s had only 14 hits in the three losses and played without standout Jeremy Lufft in the tournament because of a dental problem.
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