The Fort Osage baseball team opened the season last week with a 3-0 win over Truman. Senior Alex Merithew starred for the Indians, striking out 11 in a complete-game three-hitter.

The Fort Osage baseball team opened the season last week with a 3-0 win over Truman. Senior Alex Merithew starred for the Indians, striking out 11 in a complete-game three-hitter.

There’s a chance that type of performance could become a blueprint to success this season for coach Chris Walker’s club.

Merithew drew high praise in the opener, but Fort returns three other starters with varsity experience in seniors Derek Pike and Luke Crabb and junior Chad Sutton.

“I think our strength is definitely going to be our pitching,” Walker said. “We project those four to have a lot of success and any time you have four quality pitchers on a high school team, you’re doing pretty good.”

The Indians should see some additional action this weekend as they travel to Oklahoma for the Bartlesville Tournament.

JAGS READY FOR ACTION: Like all area spring coaches, Blue Springs South boys golf coach Mike McGown has had to get creative to find ways to keep his team sharp with all the snow that’s hit the area.

The Jaguars have only been out on the course twice this spring. Instead, they’ve been in the gym, running with the boys tennis and track teams. While not a traditional golf workout, McGown said he hopes that conditioning will help them when they’re forced to carry a bag full of clubs around the course all day later this season.

The Jags have also spent time looking up rules and regulations on the United States Golf Association website.

“It’s difficult because the boys can’t get into a rhythm,” McGown said. “We told the boys we’d like to give them a full schedule, but April is going to be a real busy month.”

South will begin with very high expectations once the season does finally start after placing second at the Class 4 State Championships last year. Four of McGown’s top seven return, including senior J.P. Derksen, who tied for third in the state last year and signed to play at Kansas State.

“We’re very hopeful and trying to keep them on track,” McGown said. “We do have some talent, but we keep telling the boys that just because we have talent doesn’t mean they’re going to be successful.”

CANCER BATTLER CUP IV: The Cancer Battler Cup IV is more than a month away, but there are several events leading up to the annual meeting between the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South girls soccer teams.

This year, the game to benefit the Jennifer Ireland Foundation is slated for Thursday, May 2, at Blue Springs High School. Activities the night of the event include a silent auction, soccer skills contests and raffles.

Additional events and activities to benefit the foundation will include T-shirt sales, a Pizza Shoppe fundraiser on Wednesday, April 10, at the Pizza Shoppe in Blue Springs with a percentage of sales going to the foundation, and an Applebee’s pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Sporting Kansas City tickets for the team’s match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, June 1, are also on sale for $25 with $7 going to the Cancer Battler Cup and the foundation.

For more information on how to help or participate, email Robert Rusert at rrusert@bssd.net.

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