Blue Springs South pitcher Brandt Lightner wasn’t dominant, but he was effective against Suburban Middle Seven Conference rival Lee’s Summit Monday.
He tossed a complete game and allowed one run on five hits, walked one and struck out two in a 4-1 win.
John Herrman powered the offense with a 3-for-3 day, including a double, a home run and three RBIs.
South (16-8, 8-3 Big Seven) scored two runs in the top of the first, one in the third and one in the fourth.
"It was a good win tonight against a very good team.,” South coach Ben Baier said of Lee’s Summit, which has already clinched the Big Seven title. “Lee's Summit is a very fundamental team and their pitcher (Joe Vandenbos) does a great job of competing each pitch. We knew we would have our work cut out for us tonight and our guys responded. Brandt did a great job on the mound for us and we were able to make some plays behind him as well. We will get back to practice tomorrow and try to continue to get better.”
On Saturday, South lost a pair of games. The Jaguars fell to Columbia Rock Bridge 9-7 and 13-1 to Christian Brothers College of St. Louis.
The Jaguars heled a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning before Rock Bridge scored six runs on a walk and six hits.
“We struggled to throw any off-speed (pitches) over the plate, and that makes it very easy to hit,” Baier said. “We should have been out of the inning without a ton of damage, but we didn’t make routine plays when we should have and it ended up costing us.”
In game 2, CBC scored all 13 of its runs in the bottom of the third inning.
“Not a lot went right in this game, and in that third inning in particular,” Baier said.
BLUE SPRINGS 8, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 6: Wildcats catcher Caleb Marquez came up big for the Wildcats.
He hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a Suburban Big Seven Conference victory against the Broncos Monday.
North scored all six of its runs in the fourth. The Wildcats scored on in the first, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the seventh to win it.
Nick Brandner picked up the win on the mound and also had three singles and two RBIs at the plate. Ray Paniagua added two singles and Jake Lufft had a single and a double for Blue Springs (20-9, 7-4).
“We need to come out ready to play,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “Lee’s Summit North did a good job keeping us from scoring. Our focus was not there. We need to get that fixed before districts start. Jake Lufft had a great at bat in the 7th to walk to load the bases and Caleb came through to win it. We never gave up but we just need to be ready to play.”
FORT OSAGE 25, RUSKIN 4: Fort Osage continued its recent offensive onslaught Monday, pounding out 21 hits in a rout of Suburban Middle Six foe Ruskin.
Jacob Merithew went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs, Spencer Patrick and Jared Larson each 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Zane Barr tripled twice with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Indians to the five-inning win.
Sam Carlson added two hits and three RBIs and Ethan Gotch was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Indians, who scored 18 runs in the fourth inning to extend a 7-3 lead.
Nick Dye allowed five hits and five walks and struck out nine for the complete-game win.