After splitting its two pool play games in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament, the Blue Springs South baseball team bounced back with a pair of consolation wins Wednesday.
David Latlip had three hits and three RBIs and Brady Strickert allowed just four hits and one run in five innings to lift the Jaguars to a 6-1 win over the Truman Patriots at Legacy Park. In the nightcap, the Jaguars downed Lee’s Summit 6-3.
South scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to erase Truman’s 1-0 lead and then added four runs in the top of the seventh to pull away.
Mark Walker added two hits and an RBI, and Jared Ravencamp and Jackson Rehkow each contributed two hits.
Matt Cook pitched two scoreless innings for the save.
"It was a strange game for a number of reasons,” South coach Ben Baier said. “Matt Cook came in and did a nice job in relief today, and we needed him to do that to give us a shot to win the game. We were able to string together a little offense late in the game and capitalize on scoring opportunities."
Joe Oswald, who suffered the loss with a complete game, also led Truman at the plate with two of the Patriots’ four hits.
“Joe Oswald really battled on the mound all day and kept us in the game,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “A bad base running mistake and a few defensive miscues hurt us. We continue to be a key base hit – or two – away from giving ourselves a better chance to win these games against quality opponents. We will continue to learn from these situations and hopefully turn the corner in the next few games.”
In the second game, the Jaguars (9-9) topped Lee's Summit 6-3. Brandt Lightner went the distance for the Jaguars, scattering three hits and striking out five in a complete-game victory.
"We got a really solid outing from Brandt tonight,” Baier said. “He had command of the strike zone and allowed his defense to work for him. We did a good job of scoring runs when the opportunities were there."
South scored two in the first, one in each of the the third and fifth innings and two in the sixth for a 6-1 lead before the Tigers rallied for two in the bottom of the seventh.
Allante Hall went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Derek Mammen was 2-for-3 with a walk and two doubles to lead the Jaguars offensively, who finished 3-1 in the tournament.
SMITHVILLE 14, FORT OSAGE 7: Host Smithville scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase Fort Osage’s 3-0 lead and went on to a win in the Northland Tournament.
Smithville added two more in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull away.
Bryce Dye went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to lead Fort Osage (6-7). Von Young added two hits and scored three runs and Spencer Patrick had an RBI double for the Indians.