Powered by Josh Felz’s first-inning grand slam, Independence Post 21 salvaged a two-game split with Raytown Post 596 Tuesday at Crysler Stadium.

Powered by Josh Felz’s first-inning grand slam, Independence Post 21 salvaged a two-game split with Raytown Post 596 Tuesday at Crysler Stadium.

Post 21 scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 16-4 game two win over Post 596 thanks largely in part to Felz’s home run.

Post 21 lost the first game 10-2 in the Zone 2 West doubleheader. Tyler Bodenstab pitched five innings in the second game to pick up the win and Ian Barker added three RBIs on two singles.

“That first game, their pitcher did quite a job,” Post 21 manager Tom Bush said of Raytown. “Good pitching always shuts down good hitting, and that’s exactly what he did. We only had three hits and we’re a good hitting team.

“It was nice to come out in the second game and score eight in the first inning. The big hit, of course, was Josh Felz’s home run. Tyler Bodenstab did a great job coming in and pitching a five-inning complete game, and we really needed that.”

Post 21 improved to 14-7 overall on the season and 11-5 in Zone 2 West play with the split.

BLUE SPRINGS POST 499/FIKE 8-6, HIGGINSVILLE POST 223 4-5: Jeff Smetana’s single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Josh Hightower with the winning run as Fike beat Higginsville 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Hidden Valley Park.

Fike won the first game 8-4 behind the power pitching of Danny McMurtrey, who struck out 14 batters and pitched a complete game to improve to 6-0 on the season.

“These were two big games for us,” Fike manager Jim Moran said. “Higginsville is a very formidable team – they have a good ballclub.”

Fike improved to 29-3 overall and 15-1 in Zone 2 East play.

OAK GROVE POST 379 6-10, BROOKINGS (S.D.) 9-8: Tyler Mattlin settled in after Post 379 allowed seven unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead his team to a 10-8 game two win and a doubleheader split in South Dakota.

Mattlin pitched a complete game, giving up just one run after the first-inning nightmare.

“Tyler battled through seven unearned runs in the first inning – he really battled through,” Post 379 assistant coach Kerry Shaw said. “You have to give it to him, he battled the rest of the way. He really competed.”

Tyler Johnson hit a home run for Post 379 in the 9-6 first game loss and Zac Shaw added two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base. Derek Kelton was a combined 6-for-9 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI for Oak Grove (20-13).

LEE’S SUMMIT POST 189 PIRATES 11-18, JERRY’S BEARS 0-14: The Pirates were too much for the Bears in a sweep Tuesday night at Legacy Park.

Jared Simmons and Austin Welch picked up the wins for the Pirates.

ST. JOSEPH POST 11 10-4, ROBERT L. CLOUR POST 189 BULLDOGS 6-7: Max Ising pitched the Post 189 Bulldogs to a 7-4 win in the second game of a Zone 2 West doubleheader Tuesday.

St. Joseph scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to overcome a 6-3 deficit and defeat the Bulldogs 10-6 in the first game.

HI-BOY DRIVE IN/POST 340 9-7, ODESSA BATS 3-1: Cody Halterman pitched a one-hitter and struck out five and Ryan Stick doubled twice and singled with two RBIs as Post 340 capped a Zone 2 East sweep of the Odessa Bats on Monday at Crysler Stadium.

Cody Crabb added a double for Hi-Boy, which clinched the win with a six-run third inning to improve to 12-14 overall and 7-9 in the zone.

A 15-hit attack powered Post 340 to the first-game victory. Chance Divers and Brett Graham each singled three times, Joel Frias and Stick each singled and doubled, Austin Atterbury singled twice, Spencer Gearhart doubled twice and Devin Shores slugged a home run.

Andrew Jennings scattered six hits and struck out six for the victory.

BLUE SPRINGS ROD’S SPORTS ATHLETICS HIDDEN VALLEY INVITATIONAL: After a first-round 8-7 loss to the Independence Jerry’s Bears, the A’s came back with three victories to claim the title of their own tournament Sunday at Hidden Valley Park.

The A’s, in the title game, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Lee’s Summit Post 189 Pirates 4-3. James McKinley, with two outs, two strikes and the bases loaded, singled in the winning run.

The A’s defeated Imperial (Mo.) Rock Memorial Post 283 6-3 as Tyler Reed earned the win on the mound. Cole Payne was the winning pitcher in a 10-3 victory over the Lawrence (Kan.) Raiders.

And in the finals, Tyler Barth was credited with the win.

Reed had a big tournament, going 6-for-12 with four doubles, a triple and a home run in addition to pitching the win over Imperial.

“Imperial was probably the best team in the tournament,” A’s manager Mike Rooney said. “It was one of the best teams we have seen so far.”

The Pirates (10-6) went 3-1 in the tournament and the Bears (4-10) 2-2. The A’s are 14-11.