After failing to score a run in a loss to rival Blue Springs South Tuesday, the Blue Springs baseball team took out its frustrations on Lee’s Summit North Wednesday.
The Wildcats pounded out 15 hits – including three home runs – to rout the host Broncos 15-4 in six innings in a Suburban Big Seven matchup.
Jake Lufft went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs to power the Wildcats, who improved to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
“It was a good way to rebound from yesterday,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “The bats came alive. Some bats woke up and hopefully this springboards us into tomorrow versus Shawnee Mission East and next week, when we play six games in five days. The kids came ready to play.”
Caleb Marquez, who had two hits and three RBIs, and Blake Stegner also homered for Blue Springs.
Nick Brandner added two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, and Luke Smith and Logan MacKay each had two hits and scored two runs.
The Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but North responded with three in the bottom half.
After North cut the deficit to 5-4 in the third, Blue Springs scored four in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth to end it early on the mercy rule.
Ryan Urfer went three innings for the win and Matt Smith closed it out with three scoreless innings.
LEE’S SUMMIT 7, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 6: Previously unbeaten Blue Springs South rallied from a 5-1 deficit to take the lead in the seventh, only to lose it in extra innings.
The Jaguars scored five runs to grab a 6-5 lead but host Lee’s Summit rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh and pushed across the winning run in the 10th for win.
“We did some things today that are uncharacteristic of our team on defense and it ended up hurting us in the end,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said after his team dropped to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Suburban Big Seven. “We will look to come out tomorrow versus a good Lee’s Summit West team and see if we can improve.”
John Herrman and Brady Strickert each had two hits, including RBI singles in the five-run seventh inning, to lead Blue Springs South.
ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 12, TRUMAN 2: St. Joseph Central scored five runs in the first inning and five in the third, and the Patriots were never able to recover from the early onslaught in Wednesday’s Suburban Big Six matchup at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph.
Jordan McKinney got a hit, two RBIs and a stolen base and Josh Patrick doubled to lead the Truman offense. Tanner Blau and Braeden Schramm each collected a hit for the Patriots (1-9-1, 0-4).