The Fort Osage baseball team bounced back from a doubleheader loss Saturday by unleashing its power Monday.
The Indians belted out seven home runs – including two from Zane Barr – to drub visiting Winnetonka 20-3 for a non-conference win.
Ethan Gotch got the win as he tossed all five inning and gave up three earned runs on six hits and struck out three.
“Great team offense approach today,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “Ethan Gotch threw strikes and let the defense work behind.”
The Indians scored 17 runs in the first two innings to run away with it.
Zane Barr paced the offense with two home runs, three RBIs, three runs scored and two walks; Spencer Patrick, who was a single short of the cycle, was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs; Nick Dye was 2-for-3, two RBIs and three runs; Von Young was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs; Tyler McDaniel was 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs; Bryce Dye was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Dalton Budzene hit a solo home run for the Indians (11-12).
On Saturday, the Indians lost 15-12 and 17-7 in a doubleheader against Park Hill. In Game 1, Fort Osage led 8-7 after the top of the sixth but the Trojans responded with eight runs in the bottom half. Steven Orwick took the loss.
Barr was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs; Nick Dye was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer; and Bryce Dye and gotch had two hits each.
In Game 2, Park Hill scored right runs in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth to blow it open.
Gotch was 1-for-2 with two RBIs; Patrick was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI; and Barr was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two walks.
BLUE SPRINGS 3, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 2: Luke Smith came up with the big hit as he had a walkoff single to drive in Mitchell Smith from second for a Suburban Big Seven win against the Panthers Monday.
The Wildcats scored one run in the second and third before scoring the game winner in the seventh.
Smith also picked up the win in relief as he tossed two innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three.
“I am glad I put on some extra pounds this winter to keep me anchored down,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott joked. “The wind was blowing in all game at a clip I have never experienced on our field. We squared up balls all game that just died in the outfield.”
“What can you say about Luke. Had a career night on senior night. We talk about 18 strong. Takes all of us to win a game and Luke came up big.”
Nick Brandner threw the first five innings and scattered four hits and allowed just one earned run and struck out six for the Wildcats (17-8, 5-3).
The Wildcats split a pair Saurday, falling 6-4 to Columbia Rock Bridge and beating Columbia Hickman 6-3.
Matt Smith was the losing pitcher in Game 1. Rock Bridge scored three in the third and three in the fourth. Blue Springs scored all its runs in the fourth. That inning was powered by Wildcat first baseman Jake Lufft, who hit a three-run homer. Smith added two singles.
“Was a rough start for us,” McElligott said. “Took us a couple of innings to wake up. Left the bases loaded two times, we just couldn’t get the timely hit.”
In Game 2, the Wildcats’ four-run third keyed the win over Hickman. Peyton Smith was the winning pitcher. Lufft powered the offense with two solo home runs. Blake Stenger had a double and two RBIs for Blue Springs.
“The kids did a good job battling against a state-ranked Hickman team,” McElligott said. “Got down early and didn’t give up. The kids rebounded well from a bad first game.”
TRUMAN 10, RAYTOWN 9: The Patriots overcame an 9-3 deficit to improve to 6-13-1 overall and 1-5 in the Suburban Big Six with a win over the Blue Jays Monday.
“This was a nice win on Senior Day, especially after our two wins on Saturday at Chrisman,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “We have some tough conference games coming up but it feels good to be playing our best ball of the season as we get closer to districts.”
The Patriots scored two in the first, one in the third, six in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Josh Patrick was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs; Braeden Schramm was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI; and Josh Cruz was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Cory Pleacher picked up the win in relief as he tossed four innings and gave up five runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out four.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1-10, LIBERTY 6-0:Blue Springs South moved to 13-5 on the season after splitting a pair of games against Liberty Saturday.
In Game 1, South fell 6-1, while managing only two hits. Andrew Simms was the losing pitcher as he surrendered four runs in 4 ⅓ innings.
In the second game, the Jaguars defeated Liberty by mercy-rule in a 10-0 victory. Will Royster got his first varsity start and tossed a complete game. He only allowed one hit, while striking out three. Dustin Brewer and Will Heller each had two hits to lead the Jaguars.
"There were two different teams in our dugout this afternoon,” South coach Ben Baier said. “When the team that played in the second game shows up, we have energy and are a competitive group that will battle. I hope we see that team on a consistent basis here as we wind down the regular season."