Blue Springs pitcher Peyton Smith continued his strong start Thursday.
Smith allowed just three hits and one run in six innings as Blue Springs downed visiting Shawnee Mission (Kan.) East 10-4 at Reynolds Field.
“Peyton was Peyton again. Anytime he takes the mound of late we get great things. He is pitching with great confidence,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said of Smith (4-1), who has allowed just five hits in 27 innings this season.
Jake Lufft supported Smith by slugging a grand slam to key a six-run second inning as the Wildcats (9-4) totaled 12 hits. Nick Brandner added three hits, Logan MacKay had two hits and an RBI, Mitchell Smith had two hits and Luke Smith added an RBI double.
“We played well in the field and ran the bases well,” McElligott said. “We took advantage of base runners and had timely hits. It was a good day.”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 10, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 6: After just 1 1/2 innings Thursday, The Jaguars trailed Suburban Big Seven rival Lee’s Summit West 6-0.
However, South held the Titans scoreless from there, and scored 10 unanswered runs in a conference win.
West scored four runs in the first and two in the second. South scored four runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth. Brandt Lightner was the winning pitcher as he came in in the third and and struck out six.
Dustin Brewer was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs; Jared Ravencamp was 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Brady Stricker was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; and Cale Sackewitz was 2-for-2 with two runs scored to lead the Jaguars (6-1, 3-1) at the plate.
"I'm proud of the fight we showed tonight against a really talented Lee's Summit West team,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “We put ourselves in a hole early, but the guys kept fighting and we had a bunch of quality at-bats that allowed us to get back into the game. Brandt came in and did a great job of keeping us within striking distance and we were able to find a way to get it done.”
WINNETONKA 23, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 6: The Bears lost by double digits for the third game in a row after a non-conference loss to the Griffins Thursday.
Chrisman actually led 3-1 after the first inning before falling behind 6-4 in the second. But it was the sixth inning where it got away from the 3-7 Bears as they gave up 16 runs.
Connor Yeisley was the losing pitcher. Billy Ross paced the Chrisman offense with four singles and two runs scored. Taylor Perry was 3-for-3 with two doubles a single and two RBIs.