The Truman baseball team appeared to make positive strides in its second game of the season. After being blanked in their season opener against Fort Osage, the Patriots got the bats rolling in an 11-5 triumph over Kearney.

The Truman baseball team appeared to make positive strides in its second game of the season. After being blanked in their season opener against Fort Osage, the Patriots got the bats rolling in an 11-5 triumph over Kearney.

Truman (1-1) whacked 14 hits and exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning Friday at Kearney High School. J.T. Hayes bashed a three-run homer in the Pats’ big seventh, Lane Titus finished with two doubles and a triple and Ross Paschall stroked a double and single. Cory Pleacher worked the final three innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two to earn the win.

“From an offensive standpoint, compared to what we did against Fort, we were much better,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “We had an idea of what we wanted to do up there and we were aggressive.”

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4, ROGERSVILLE (ARK.) 2: It didn’t matter that Thursday was the first day this spring the Jaguars had played on an actual field, South still managed a sharp performance in a win in the Willard Leadoff Tournament.

Reece Eddins gave up only one infield hit, allowed no earned runs and whiffed 10 batters while issuing one walk in five innings on the mound to earn the win after Austin Nordike picked up the save in the seventh. Dallas Herrmann finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a triple and Jacob Clark finished 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

“It was nice to get on a field for the first time,” South coach Ben Baier said. “I thought we played well and obviously got some good work on the mound.”

SAPULPA (OKLA.) 4, FORT OSAGE 1: Despite getting a complete game from Luke Crabb, the Indians came up short in the opening game of the Bartlesville (Okla.) Tournament on Friday. The Indians also fell 7-2 to host Bartlesville later Friday to start the wood bat tournament 0-2.

Sapulpa (Okla.) plated three runs on two Indian throwing errors, which negated Crabb’s two-hit, seven-strikeout performance.

Chadd Sutton tripled in the fourth and scored on Ryan Toliver’s groundout for Fort’s lone run. Alex Merithew also sprayed a pair of singles for the Indians (1-2).