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Examiner
  • Prep baseball roundup: Jags upset defending state champs

  • On Friday, the Blue Springs South baseball team might have established itself as the team to watch in the area this season.

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  • On Friday, the Blue Springs South baseball team might have established itself as the team to watch in the area this season.
    The Jaguars led from start to finish in upsetting Class 5 No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Rockwood Summit 7-6 Friday in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Classic.
    “It was a good win against a good team,” South coach Ben Baier said. “We play another good team Saturday (Lafayette-Wildwood). That’s why we’re in this tournament to play good competition that will help us in the long run.”
    Andrew Tritsch came on in relief of Austin Simms and pitched the final three frames to earn the victory.
    Dallas Herrmann singled twice and drove in three runs, Reece Eddins singled and doubled and Colton Pogue, Taylor Sprague and Nic Mertes singled two times each to boost South (5-1).
    FORT OSAGE 10, RAYTOWN 1: Alex Merithew’s pitching and Chad Sutton’s hitting enabled Fort Osage to remain unbeaten in the Suburban Middle Seven Friday with a victory at Robinson Field in Raytown.
    Merithew allowed only four hits, walked one and struck out 10 to improve to 2-0 on the season and Sutton singled twice and doubled with three RBIs.
    Ryan Toliver added two singles with one RBI to help the Indians.
    Merithew threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes as Fort Osage improved to 4-3 and 3-0.
    Fort Osage nursed a 2-1 lead until scoring eight runs in the fifth inning.
    BLUE SPRINGS SPLITS: The Wildcats downed Jefferson City Blair Oaks 9-7 after falling to Jefferson City Helias 10-5 Friday in the Capitol City Classic in Jefferson City.
    Nick Dorman doubled, triple and drove in four runs in the victory. His triple gave Blue Springs an 8-7 lead before he scored on a wild pitch. Brett Barbeck pitched the final four innings out of the bullpen for the win.
    Kyle Reed and David Stober each doubled and Corbin Hare singled twice for Blue Springs (4-3).
    Against Helias, the Wildcats walked 10 batters, struck out 10 times themselves and committed three errors. Hare took the loss on the mound while Kyle Reed singled and doubled.
    Blue Springs meets Jefferson City at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for the consolation title.
    OAK PARK 10, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5: One bad inning again cost William Chrisman Friday.
    Host Oak Park scored four in the sixth inning for a 9-5 lead and went on for the Suburban Middle Seven victory.
    “We played really well for a while,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “We had 12 hits but left 10 on base. I felt good for five innings. Then in the sixth, we fell apart defensively. We got nervous.”
    Gannon Ogle suffered the loss in relief.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cody Jackson had three singles and one RBI, Grady Ogle single and doubled and drove in a run and David Mooney sprayed two singles with an RBI to power the Bears (2-3, 0-2).
    GRANDVIEW 12, VAN HORN 6: Ryan Lee allowed one run and struck out 14 in five innings as host Grandview kept Van Horn winless in seven games Friday.
    LAFAYETTE-WILDWOOD 8, OAK GROVE 2: Seann Baker’s two singles and double weren’t enough as Class 4 No. 4-ranked Oak Grove (6-3) suffered its second loss in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Classic Tournament.
    Lafayette scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings in breaking away from a 3-2 lead.
    “We played well today, especially for playing our fourth game in four days,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “In the fourth inning we were down 3-2 and had a couple of base running mistakes that could have led to a potential two runs for a 4-3 advantage.”
    Austin Reader suffered the defeat.
    Oak Grove faces Class 5 No. 1 Rockwood Summit at 10 a.m. Saturday in its tournament finale.
     
     
     

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