Kyle Hetherington made a strong showing in his first start and Matt McHenry continued to hit the ball well.

Kyle Hetherington made a strong showing in his first start and Matt McHenry continued to hit the ball well.
That helped the Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics to an 8-3 victory over Raytown Post 596 in the first game of a non-Fifth District doubleheader Tuesday night in American Legion baseball action at Hidden Valley Park.
Raytown led 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the second game was stopped because of a power failure. It will not be completed because it was a non-district game.
Hetherington allowed three runs and seven hits in 52⁄3 innings for the win in the first game. Tyler Barth finished up.
“He pitched a real solid game until he got tired from the heat,” A’s manager Mike Rooney said of Hetherington. “But he did an outstanding job when he was out there.”
The A’s (17-6) scored six runs in the fourth inning to build an 8-0 lead.
McHenry slugged a two-run homer and added two singles to lead Blue Springs’ nine-hit attack. Bret Sutton singled twice, scored two runs and drove in one, and Kyle Seithel singled and doubled with three RBIs.
Chase Kuehl hit a two-run homer and singled, Marcus Douglas had three hits and Mike Lynch and John Smith each singled twice for Raytown (15-17).
“It was a nice game,” Rooney said. “We swung the bats well and played good defense.”
The A’s risk their first-place 9-1 Fifth District record against the Lee’s Summit Post 189 Auxiliary Outlaws in a key Fifth District doubleheader at Hidden Valley Park tonight. North is 5-1 in the district followed by Independence Post 21 at 11-3. Post 21 and the A’s clash Monday night at Hidden Valley.