Fort Osage was in a close game with Oak Park until a big fourth inning.
The Indians posted a five-run fourth, keyed by a two-run home run by Logan Phillips that broke the game open in a 15-5 win against the Northmen Friday in a Suburban Middle Six baseball contest.
Host Fort Osage scored six runs in the second. Oak Park had two runs in the first and three in the top of the fourth to make it 6-5 before the Indians pulled away.
Fort Osage shut Oak Park down the rest of the way and scored three in the sixth and one in the seven to cap it off.
“Good job by everyone swinging the bats,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “(Jacob) Merithew was not at his sharpest, but pitched out of jams and Trey Lockard gave us two scoreless innings.”
Merithew got the win as he pitched 3 ⅓ innings and gave up five runs (just two earned) on four hits and struck out three.
On offense, Zane Barr was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, three runs and a double; Jared Larson was 2-for-4 with four RBIs; Spencer Patrick was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; Ethan Gotch was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs; Bryce Dye was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs; and Nick Dye had a hit and two RBIs for Indians (10-10, 3-2 Middle Six).
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 12, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: The Jaguars fell to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in the Suburban Big Seven following a blowout loss to the Titans Friday.
Will Heller was the losing pitcher. Allante Hall and Brady Strickert each had a double for South, which has lost two straight.
“We have to figure some things out or the same result will continue to happen, it’s as simple as that,” South coach Ben Baier said.