• Titans hurler blanks Patriots

  • Lee’s Summit West pitcher Dakota Stone got all the support he needed before he even took the mound Wednesday at Truman.

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  • Lee’s Summit West pitcher Dakota Stone got all the support he needed before he even took the mound Wednesday at Truman.
    But the Titans gave plenty more help for good measure, rapping 18 hits while Stone fired a three-hit shutout in West’s 12-0 whipping of the Patriots.
    Showing good zip on his fastball and keeping the Patriots off-balance with his curve, the slender senior – listed at 6-foot-1, 135 pounds – struck out six and yielded a pair of walks and a hit batter.
    “We’ve done OK the last two games offensively, but we haven’t faced that kind of pitching,” said Truman coach John Eglich, whose team fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban Middle Six. “He didn’t throw a lot of (breaking balls), but when he did they were effective – right count and right place.
    Lee’s Summit West coach Jay Meyer said Stone’s performance was a textbook example.
    “That’s pitching right there,” said Meyer, a former Truman coach. “He got ahead, got first-pitch strikes, got batters with two outs, worked fast. I could go on and on – it was outstanding.
    “We’ve seen some of their guys hit like (Tom) Ruddy and (Lane) Titus, and if you don’t make good pitches to those guys they’ll hurt you.”
    Before Stone stood on the mound, the Titans (6-2, 2-0 Middle Six) grabbed a 2-0 lead, as Monte Harrison clubbed a run-scoring double three batters in and Alex Lange plated him with a single.
    Lange finished with four hits, while Harrison and No. 2 hitter Jackson Schnurbusch added three apiece.
    “We had one offensive mistake, but we made up for it,” Meyer said, referring to the third inning when Ben Peterson flubbed a squeeze attempt at the plate but responded with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
    Ruddy, the Truman starting pitcher, nearly got through the fourth unscathed, but after a two-out infield error and a walk, Schnurbusch belted a two-run double to right-center. Cory Pleacher relieved Ruddy, but a Harrison double down the line and another error scored two more runs for a 7-0 margin.
    “Getting behind early in counts, and made some mistakes with pitches up in the zone,” Eglich said of his pitchers’ woes. “Especially their 2-3-4 hitters, they know what to do with those.”
    Truman’s best scoring chance came in the fifth inning, when the Patriots put two on with one out. West catcher Logan Geha gunned down a runner trying to take third on a wild pitch, and after issuing a walk Stone induced a fielder’s choice from Lane Titus.
    “While we want to be aggressive, that’s probably not the play you want to make,” Eglich said. “At that point we needed base runners.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Lange slugged a solo homer in the sixth, and the Titans added four runs with two outs in the seventh against Truman freshman Reid Titus.

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