The Fort Osage baseball team returns from the Bartlesville (Okla.) Tournament with a second-place showing by splitting four games.

The Fort Osage baseball team returns from the Bartlesville (Okla.) Tournament with a second-place showing by splitting four games.

The Indians opened with a 12-10 loss to Sapulpa (Okla.) as a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning fell short.

Sophomore Ryan Stick had three doubles and Drew Standifer added two singles and three RBIs to power Fort Osage’s eight-hit attack. Devon Shores was the losing pitcher. Andrew Jennings pitched well in relief.

“Stick, Shores and Andrew Jennings were the bright spots,” Indians coach Chris Walker said of his team’s tournament showing. “I saw a lot of good things from our younger players. It was nice to get four games in.”

Fort Osage responded with a 6-4 victory over host Bartlesville as Standifer and Bret Sutton combined for a seven-hitter. Standifer pitched five innings for the win. Stick had a three-run homer and double. Steven Snyder singled and doubled with one run. Fort Osage rallied for four runs in the top of the third inning to grab an insurmountable 6-1 lead.

The Indians then defeated Springfield Hillcrest 8-4 as Carlos Ramirez pitched four innings for the win and Stick continued his hot hitting with two doubles. Spencer Gearhart singled twice and Shores singled and doubled with two RBIs to help spark the Indians, who coasted after taking a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Another comeback fell short for the Indians in the final game, a 7-6 loss to Ponca City (Okla.) Fort Osage scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t push the tying run across. Ponca City scored four runs in the top of the seventh to erase the Indians’ 4-3 lead.

Sutton, who relieved starter Gearhart in the seventh inning, took the loss.

ST. MARY’S 10, LINCOLN PREP 3: New baseball coach Ken Johnson and the St. Mary’s Trojans have opened the season successfully.

James Newberry scattered six hits on the mound and single and doubled and drove in two runs at the plate as the Trojans stopped Lincoln Prep 10-3 Friday in an opening game in the West Platte Tournament.

Rain washed out Saturday’s schedule, including the Trojans  games with West Platte and University Academy. They have been rescheduled for April 17.

“It was the first time we had been able to get on a field,” said Johnson, whose late brother Ron was a longtime area American Legion manager. “It was fun. It was nice to go out. The boys really responded. It was a good night.”

Chris Wiseman doubled and scored four runs for the Trojans and freshman Bobby Brock scored three runs.

The Trojans overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third inning and then added two more runs in the fourth and five in the fifth inning when the game was called.

OAK GROVE WINS TWO: Oak Grove captured a pair of wins Friday, outslugging Raytown 12-9 then slipping past Van Horn 5-3.

“It was good to get on the baseball field and to get our kids into actual game situations,” Panthers head coach Kirk Sears said. “Two good wins for our program to get things started off on the 2010 season. These two games gave us an opportunity to see where we need to make improvements and things we need to work on as we continue through the season.”

Against Raytown, Kyle Jones, Landon Grego and Zach Taylor all homered for the Panthers, while Christopher Wilson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Wilson (1-0) gave up two earned runs on five hits in 31⁄3 innings and was credited with the win. Taylor pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.

Wilson continued his power surge against Van Horn, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Vince Walrath (1-0) pitched five innings for the Panthers, giving up just one earned run on four hits in his season debut. Cole Doherty pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.

Aaron Driskell was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Van Horn. Driskell also (0-1) gave up two earned runs on five hits in four innings pitched in the loss. Blake Adolphson was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Falcons.

OLATHE SOUTH TOURNAMENT: Rain prevented Blue Springs South from playing in the Olathe South Tournament.

The tournament will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.