Blue Springs pitcher Peyton Smith took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before No. 10 state-ranked Liberty North got a hit.
Even though he didn’t get his second no-hitter of the season, Smith dominated. He tossed a complete game and allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out four in a 5-2 non-conference home victory over the Eagles Thursday.
Senior first baseman Jake Lufft hit a solo home run and a single to power the offense.
“Peyton keeps doing what he has done all year,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “He commanded the zone and kept a good Liberty North team off balance. Jake got us going in the first, and we had some key hits with runners in scoring position. It was another good ballgame.”
Blue Springs scored one run in the first inning and three in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead. They added an insurance run in the sixth.
Senior catcher Caleb Marquez added a double and an RBI, and Andrew Garry had a two-run single in the fourth for Blue Springs (19-8).
VAN HORN 3, LEXINGTON 2: Falcons pitcher Brayden Bandy tossed a gem as he allowed just two runs (one earned) and walked one in a non-conference victory against Lexington Thursday at Roper Stadium in Sugar Creek.
Joey Johnson and Cooper Sumpter each had an RBI single for Van Horn (11-10).
The Falcons grabbed a 3-1 lead with single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. Lexington cut it to 3-2 in the sixth but couldn’t get the tying run.
“Overall we played a clean game,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said. “We left a total of 10 runners on base, so we struggled the entire game to get a big two-out hit.”