Roundup of area American Legion baseball games for Friday, May 31
A late rally helped give Oak Grove Post 379 its first Fifth District win.
It also gave Blue Springs Post 499/Fike its first Fifth District loss.
Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, Post 379 scored five unanswered runs, edging Fike 5-4 in eight innings to split a Fifth District doubleheader at Hidden Valley Park.
“The way it started, we were just sleepwalking,” Post 379 manager Ron Johnson said. “It was ugly – flat ugly. I think that’s going to be the thing with this team. We’re going to have to win some ugly games.”
Gene Shores picked up the win in the second game, throwing all eight innings. He gave up no runs after the third inning. Steele Shippy drove in the winning run in the eighth with two outs.
In the first game, it was all Fike pitcher Kirk Huismann, who allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. Danny McMurtrey was 2-for-4 for Fike (3-1 overall and Fifth District), while Adam Hightower had three hits, including two doubles, for Post 379 (2-3, 1-3 Fifth District).
Both teams meet again Saturday.
LEE’S SUMMIT POST 189 PIRATES10-8, INDEPENDENCE VFW POST 1000 BEARS 2-5: The big inning enabled the Pirates to continue their winning ways with a Fifth District sweep of the Bears at Legacy Park Friday night.
Nathan Manley posted the win and hit a solo homer, while David Gerke singled twice and tripled to pace the Pirates in the first game that was clinched with a seven-run sixth inning. Matt Billinger suffered the loss.
Another big inning, a six-run third, sparked the Pirates (3-1 district, 6-1 overall) in the second game. Shawn Lauderback was the winning pitcher and Steven Dooley took the loss. Kevin Haug had a save in each game.
Gerke hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer and Josh Ganote singled twice and doubled to power the Pirates. Robbie Embree singled twice for the Pirates. The seven runs were the first scored by the Bears (0-6, 0-7) this season.
LEE’S SUMMIT POST 189 AUX. OUTLAWS 10-11, INDEPENDENCE VFW POST 1000 BEARS 0-0: The Bears were held to two hits in suffering a Fifth District doubleheader loss at Legacy Park Thursday night.
Chance Hill pitched a five-inning no-hitter and Landon Fall singled and homered, Evan Richey and Stevie Urick each singled and tripled and Jake Lutz singled twice in the Outlaws first-game victory.
The Bears were held hitless by Fall in the second game. Jimmy Clark doubled and tripled and Vince Saviano and Zach Teasley each tripled for the Outlaws (3-0, 2-0).