• Prep baseball roundup: Indians bag share of league title

  • Derek Pike had an offensive feast Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Derek Pike had an offensive feast Wednesday afternoon.
    Pike smacked a pair of homers, including a grand slam, while going 3-for-4 with seven RBIs to help Fort Osage clinch at least a share of the Suburban Middle Seven Conference title with a 13-1 triumph over host Oak Park.
    The Indians need one win in their two remaining conference games to clinch the title outright.
    Pike slugged a grand slam in the top of the first, hit a two-run blast in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth. Ryan Toliver, Chad Sutton and Luke Crabb each added two hits as Fort Osage totaled 11.
    Alex Merithew pitched a five-inning one-hitter with 10 strikeouts to earn the win.
    “The team played with more focus and intensity than what they showed earlier this week,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “Alex pitched out of a couple of jams and kept his concentration through the game. In 18 years of coaching I have never seen an offensive performance like Derek had today. It was a good win.”
    TRUMAN 12, VAN HORN 2: Three pitchers combined for a four-hitter Wednesday as host Truman routed Van Horn. Justin Madsen gathered the victory.
    Cody Gregory doubled and homered with two RBIs, Tom Ruddy had two hits and Cory Pleacher and Lane Titus each doubled as Truman won its fifth straight to improve to 8-6 overall.
    Truman scored five runs in the third inning and six in the fourth to break it open.
    “It was a good Senior Night all the way around,” Truman coach John Eglich said.
    SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6, VAN HORN 5: After falling to Truman earlier, the Falcons also lost a Crossroads Conference contest Wednesday despite getting a no-hitter from Levi Kelsey. Six errors bit Van Horn.
    "He pitched one heck of a game," Van Horn coach Tim Wilson said.
    BELTON 6, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 3: Host Belton dropped the Bears to 4-12 and 2-6 with the Suburban Middle Seven victory Wednesday. Jerry Snow suffered the loss for the Bears.
    “Snow pitched really well,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “He gave up only three earned runs. He kept us in the game with six really good innings. But we couldn’t put together enough offensively to help him out. The kids battled.”
    Taylor Cox and Preston Cowick each had two hits to lead the Bears.
    OAK GROVE 10, PLEASANT HILL 0: The Panthers remained in the thick of the Missouri River Valley Conference West race with the home victory.
    Corey Bolin went the distance as the Panthers improved to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the conference with two games remaining. Odessa is in second place at 4-2 with four games left and plays Oak Grove next Wednesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dakota Hearn sprayed three hits, Tony Phillips stroked a pinch-hit two-run single and twin brother Drew Phillips thumped a pinch-hit double.
    “Our guys were a little sluggish as they were playing a fourth game in three days,” Panthers coach Kirk Sears said. “But they adjusted later and did a nice job of executing to get some runs across.”
    On Tuesday, Oak Grove swept an MRVC West doubleheader with Harrisonville, winning 4-0 and 5-1. The first game was the championship of the Raytown/Raytown South Tournament.
    Conner Matson improved to 5-2 with a four-hit shutout in the opener. Cole Doherty improved to 4-1 with victory in the second game.
    Seann Baker and Levi Harmon each had two hits in the first game. Hearn drove in two runs. Baker and Matson each sprayed three hits in the second game. Baker also tallied three RBIs.

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