Lee’s Summit West and Ryan Hafner were too much for Fort Osage and Brett Sutton. Hafner struck out nine in five innings and Andrew Holt singled twice as host West edged Fort Osage 2-1 Monday in the teams’ Suburban Middle Six opener.
Lee’s Summit West and Ryan Hafner were too much for Fort Osage and Brett Sutton.
Hafner struck out nine in five innings and Andrew Holt singled twice as host West edged Fort Osage 2-1 Monday in the teams’ Suburban Middle Six opener.
Sutton struck out seven, walked three and scattered five hits in going the distance for the loss. He also singled in the only Fort Osage run in the fourth inning.
“They are definitely two of the top pitchers in the area,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said of Sutton and Hafner after his team fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Middle Six. “West is good. They had no errors for the first game. We had 11 strikeouts, five hits and two errors and lost by one.”
Max Ising struck out two while pitching the final two innings for the save for Lee’s Summit West, which was opening its season.
Holt scored during a rundown in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie it 1-1. An error led to the Titans’ winning run in the sixth.
RAYTOWN 6, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5: Michael Babbitt scored from third base on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Raytown the win and spoiling the head coaching debut of Chrisman’s Jim Pickett.
Raytown (1-2) tied the scored with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Ryan Lindsay was the winning pitcher in relief of Tyler Nash.
“After losing two last Friday, it was nice to get the first win,” Raytown coach Jaime Oyler said. “The kids needed it. We had good relief pitching.”
Kenya Woods had three singles and two RBIs to power a six-hit Raytown attack.
Chrisman scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead and made it 5-1 with a run in the fifth.
ROCKHURST 8, BLUE SPRINGS 0: Blue Springs collected only five hits, including Tyler Barth’s two singles in falling to Rockhurst at Rockhurst University in the season opener for each.
“It was good to get out and play after the (Lee’s Summit Metro Leadoff) tournament was canceled,” Blue Springs coach Marc Hines said. “We obviously have some work to do, but it was a great day to play baseball.”
Zac Butler was the losing Blue Springs pitcher. Rockhurst supported winning pitcher Tommy Mancuso and reliever Joey Mancuso with an 11-hit attack.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 6, RAYTOWN SOUTH 1: Starter Randen Schleiden, Zach Bradford and David Longcoy combined to pitch a five-hitter and Sam Shaw hit a solo homer and Longcoy added a two-run blast to lead Lee’s Summit North to a non-conference victory.
The game was moved to Webb Park in Oak Grove because of a wet field at North. The game opened the season for both teams.
“It was great to get outside and play a game for the first time,” North coach Jeff Diekmann said. “All three of the guys pitched well.”
Brad Phillips added two singles and Brandon Dulin hit a double to help spark the Broncos, who scored three runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 6-1.