• Prep baseball roundup: Pats shake up conference standings

  • The Truman baseball team tightened the Suburban Middle Six Conference race Tuesday.

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  • The Truman baseball team tightened the Suburban Middle Six Conference race Tuesday.
    J.T. Hayes pitched a four-hitter, walked one, struck out seven and singled twice to spark the visiting Patriots to a key 4-2 victory over Lee’s Summit West.
    Truman (7-6, 3-2 conference) scored all of its runs in the seventh inning on three hits, three walks and two passed balls to win for the fourth straight time.
    “Hayes had an outstanding night on the mound,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “And our guys found a way to win.”
    Lane Titus and Nick Adrelas each chipped in with two singles for Truman.
    Park Hill currently leads the conference at 5-2, just ahead of second-place West (4-2).
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 7, LIBERTY 6: The Blue Springs South baseball team couldn’t afford a loss in order to keep pace in the Suburban Big Six Conference race. The Jaguars had to rally, and it took until their final at-bat, but they managed to pull out a 7-6 win over Liberty Tuesday to remain just a half game back of Blue Springs in the standings.
    Colton Pogue, who finished 3-for-4, stroked a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to give South its first and only lead of the game. Taylor Sprague also went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, Nick Mertes ended 2-for-4 and drove in three runs and Jacob Clark finished 3-for-4 with a double. Conner Davis came on in the fifth inning in relief of Reece Eddins to earn the victory.
    South (10-3, 5-1 conference) fell behind 3-0 by giving up single runs in the first three innings before plating two in the fourth. Liberty (14-7, 1-5) added three more in the fifth to go up 6-2 before the Jags manufactured a three-run rally in their turn. South then tied it in the sixth before Pogue’s walk-off.
    “We showed a lot of heart to come back the way we did,” South coach Ben Baier said. “I’m proud of our effort to beat a good team like that.”
    FORT OSAGE 10, NORTH KANSAS CITY 0: The Indians continue to receive good pitching.
    Derek Pike allowed only four hits and struck out seven to pace undefeated Suburban Middle Seven Conference leader Fort Osage to a victory over visiting North Kansas City Tuesday.
    “Pike threw a great game, keeping their hitters off-balance,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said.
    The win improves the Indians to 11-4 and 9-0 and moves them to within one win of clinching the conference crown.
    Chad Sutton roped two doubles and Hayden Baumgartner clocked a double and drove in two runs.
    RAYTOWN 21, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 8: Raytown plated nine runs in the second inning to cruise to the Suburban Middle Seven Conference win Tuesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Preston Cowick singled twice with two RBIs to lead the Bears (4-11, 2-5). Anthony Osborne went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead Raytown.
    “We don’t have a lot of pitching left because of injuries,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said.
    ST. PAUL’S 12, ST. MARY’S 2: A seven-run fourth inning lifted St. Paul’s Lutheran of Concordia to the victory over the Trojans Tuesday at the Independence Athletic Complex.
    Hayden House took the loss. Bobby Brock singled twice and Wade Johnson singled and scored a run for the Trojans, who were held to three hits in falling to 5-8.
    OAK GROVE 4-5, HARRISONVILLE 0-1: Excellent pitching led visiting Oak Grove to the Missouri River Valley Conference victories Tuesday. The Panthers improved to 15-6 and 4-2.
    ODESSA 3, GRAIN VALLEY 0: Grain Valley slipped to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West with the loss.

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