Truman baseball coach John Eglich has been searching for an offensive spark the last couple weeks. He might have found one in Cody Gregory.

Truman baseball coach John Eglich has been searching for an offensive spark the last couple weeks. He might have found one in Cody Gregory.

Eglich said he’s platooning four or five spots in his lineup and plugging in whoever seems to be hitting the best. On Thursday, Gregory was called on to start at catcher and clubbed a three-run homer to lead Truman to a 14-0 five-inning victory over William Chrisman at Crysler Stadium.

“He’s been playing part time and it’s really difficult to step in there and hit,” Eglich said. “It took him a couple at-bats to get used to it, but he’s a big strong kid, 6-foot-4, and he put a good swing on it. You saw the result.”

Gregory said assistant coach Pete Hile got on his case for chasing a bad pitch when he popped out in his plate appearance prior to his home run. In his next at-bat, he waited for a fastball and teed off.

“I actually thought it was another pop-up,” said Gregory, who added a single. “Then I looked over and it was a lot deeper than I was thinking.”

The Patriots (5-6) seized control early as Tom Ruddy ripped a two-run single in the first and Truman never slowed down. J.T. Hayes tossed the first four innings to collect the win.

The loss for the Bears (4-9) followed what might have been their best win of the season after they picked up a 4-3 Suburban Middle Seven Conference win over Staley in the first half of a doubleheader. Chrisman rallied for two runs in the seventh as Taylor Cox singled in Jerry Snow with the tying run and Cody Jackson walked with the bases loaded to score Gannon Ogle. Ogle thumped a two-run double with two outs in the fourth to tie the game at 2-all.

David Mooney scattered seven hits to earn the decision against the Falcons (13-5, 5-2).

“It was a huge win for our kids,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they likely lost Ogle, who is also their ace, for the season. While trying to lay down a bunt in the seventh, Ogle was hit in the hand and Wells said he likely broke it.

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