Peyton Smith is taking command on the mound for the Blue Springs baseball team.
Smith threw five no-hit innings and struck out nine to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over Suburban Big Seven foe Park Hill Thursday at Reynolds Field.
Smith, who improved to 3-1, has allowed just two hits in 21 innings.
“He is pitching with a lot of confidence,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said of Smith. “All the hard work in the offseason is really showing on the mound. I can’t remember a start to a season like this by a pitcher in 21 years at Blue Springs. Very proud of him.”
Jake Lufft stroked a two-run double and Nick Brandner hit an RBI single to key a four-run fourth inning, extending a 1-0 advantage to 5-0 for the Wildcats (7-3, 1-1 Big Seven).
Andrew Garry also doubled for Blue Springs.
Lufft pitched the final two innings as he and Smith combined on the two-hitter.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 6, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 5: Dustin Brewer led off the fifth inning with a single and scored on Jared Ravencamp's double to lift Blue Springs South to a Suburban Big Seven win over Ray-Pec in its home and conference opener.
"It was nice to finally get to play a home game this season. It was a hard fought win against a tough conference opponent,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “I know our guys were not real happy with the number of walks we gave them tonight, but they all battled and found a way to win the ball game. Really happy about that, and hopefully we can continue to improve as we get into the heart of our conference schedule."
Derek Mammen and John Herrman stroked RBI singles to key a three-run bottom of the first inning.
Ray-Pec, which only had two hits, drew three walks before a grand slam in the third for a 4-3 lead.
Ravencamp singled and scored on Allante Hall’s double, and Hall later scored on an error to put the Jaguars back ahead 5-4 in the third.
Ray-Pec tied it in the top of the fifth before Ravencamp’s winning hit in the bottom of the inning.
Brandt Lightner picked up the win in relief, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up one run. Brewer pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save as South improved to 3-0 and 1-0.
OAK PARK 7, FORT OSAGE 6: Fort Osage rallied to take a lead but couldn’t hold off Oak Park in the final inning in a Suburban Middle Six road loss Thursday.
The Indians erased a 3-0 deficit and grabbed a 4-3 lead by scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one each in the fifth and sixth. The Northmen scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead, but Fort Osage tied it with two in the top of the seventh.
But Oak Park scored an unearned run off Steven Orwick in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.
Bryce Dye went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs to lead Fort Osage (4-6, 1-1 Middle Six). Logan Phillips was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
Last Saturday, the Indians went 1-1 but claimed first in the Bruins Classic in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Indians finished 3-1 in the tournament to claim the top prize for the first time in 12 years.
Dye, who hit a home run, and Tyler McDaniel each went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power the Indians to an 11-6 win over Collinsville (Okla.). The Indians erased a 5-2 deficit by exploding for nine runs in the sixth inning.
Phillips was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Zane Barr and Sage Heitman each had RBI doubles.
Ethan Gotch allowed just two hits and an unearned run in three innings of relief for the win.
Dye got Fort Osage’s lone hit – a double – in a 9-1 five-inning loss to host Bartlesville in the second game last Saturday.
LIBERTY NORTH 12, TRUMAN 7: Truman couldn’t hold on to a 7-4 lead and dropped to 1-8-1 overall with Suburban Big Six home loss to Liberty North Thursday.
The Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead, but the Eagles erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth to claim the win.
Nate Camby was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, Jordan McKinney went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Josh Patrick was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI to lead Truman.
“Today we played much better but came away with another loss,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “A few untimely errors allowed Liberty North take the lead late in the game. Jordan McKinney had a great day in the leadoff spot. Josh Patrick continues to hit the ball hard and Nate Camby had a great game all around with multiple good plays in center field. Cody Pleacher and Kyler Barnett both pitched well, we just did not make enough key plays behind them.”
ROCKHURST 12, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 0: Lee’s Summit North dropped to 1-10 overall with a non-conference loss to Rockhurst Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Broncos fell 6-0 to crosstown rival Lee’s Summit. Gabe Combs threw a complete game shutout on 58 pitches for Lee’s Summit (6-2).
Lee’s Summit coach Jim Mellody earned his 200th career win Thursday with a 6-2 victory over Lee’s Summit West.