Nick Gast had a big weekend for Blue Springs Post 499/Fike.
Nick Gast had a big weekend.
He drove in two four runs – including two key insurance runs in the ninth inning – in Blue Springs Post 499/Fike’s 6-3 victory over host Oak Grove Post 379.
Then on Sunday at Hidden Valley Park, Gast’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning boosted Fike to a 2-1 victory over the rival Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics.
“It was a big win for us, even though it was non-district,” Fike manager Jim Moran said of the win over the A’s. “It was a nine-inning game against our cross-town rival. Gast came up with the big hit and (Danny) McMurtrey pitched a great game.”
McMurtrey struck out five and allowed only two hits in pitching the opening five innings for the decision. Alex Worman pitched the final two innings for the save.
Kyle Hetherington took the loss for the A’s (18-10).
Greg Wisner doubled, stole third and scored on a throwing error with the A’s only run in the third inning.
Fike improved to 16-17 after a 7-15 start.
In the 6-3 win over Oak Grove on Saturday, Fike rallied for three runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings for the victory.
In the ninth inning, McMurtrey singled in the go-ahead run and Gast followed with his two-run insurance double.
Oak Grove led 3-0 on single runs in the first, second and fifth innings.
Nelson Phillips pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win. Three Fike pitchers held Oak Grove (23-11) to five hits and struck out eight.
Gast finished with two singles, two doubles and four RBIs. McMurtrey singled twice.
“We played with wood bats and both teams substituted freely to get from overheating,” Fike manager Jim Moran said.
INDEPENDENCE VFW POST 1000 BEARS 5-5, ST. JOSEPH POST 11 4-12: Joe Kenney came to the plate at the right time. He doubled in Lee Noble from second base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Bears a 5-4 victory over St. Joseph Post 11 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Santa Fe Trail Park.
St. Joseph rebounded for a 12-5 victory.
Dustin Collins hit a solo home run and Kyle Jackson and Dante Jones added two singles each for the Bears. Kenney finished with two RBIs. Matt Lickey was the winning pitcher with one inning in relief.
St. Joseph scored four runs in the second and five in the seventh to take control in the second game.
Collins had two singles to lead the Bears (2-18).
R.L. CLORE POST 189 BULLDOGS 5-0, BLUE SPRINGS ROD’S SPORTS ATHLETICS 2-14: The A’s hopes of an eighth consecutive Fifth District title took a hit in a split with the Bulldogs Friday at Legacy Park.
Six errors enabled the Bulldogs to score five runs in the fifth inning for a 5-2 victory in the opener. Ty Butler followed with a five-inning no-hitter as the A’s rebounded for a 14-0 rout in the second game.
Bret Sutton doubled twice with one RBI and Greg Wisner singled with one RBI for the A’s in the loss.
A.J. Sanchez scattered six hits for the win. Tyler Reed suffered the loss.
“The wheels fell off in the fifth inning,” A’s manager Mike Rooney said. “Reed pitched real well.”
Butler struck out three on his way to his no-hitter.
The A’s collected 14 hits. Greg Wisner led the way with two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kyle Seithel, Sutton and Dan McGonigle each singled twice with two RBIs.
“Ty threw well,” Rooney said. “He had only 49 pitches. He threw strikes. Other than our two errors, he had a pretty good game.”
The split left the Bulldogs at 5-11 overall and 3-7 in the Fifth District and the A’s are 18-9 and 10-4. Lee’s Summit Post 189 Auxiliary leads the district at 7-1.
LEBANON TOURNAMENT: Lee’s Summit Post 189 Auxiliary went a disappointing 1-2 in the Lebanon (Mo.) Tournament.
“We didn’t hit well and we walked too many guys,” coach Mike Gailey said of the 7-6 win over Waynesville and the 4-3 and 7-3 losses to Rolla and Omaha (Neb.) Burke, respectively.
Austin Hill had three hits and two RBIs and Jordan Garrett had two hits and three RBIs in the Outlaws’ only win. Brad Phillips homered twice in the loss to Burke.
The showing left the Outlaws at 8-4.
OAK GROVE POST 379 ROAD TRIP: Oak Grove Post 379 posted a stellar 10-1 record and captured the Minot (N.D.) Tournament for the first win in its annual trip to North Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota.
“Our only loss was to New Ulm (Minn.) 12-2 on the last day of the trip,” Oak Grove manager Dave Richards said. “No kid really stood out. The team is playing together as much as anything I’ve seen. Every game it would be somebody different.”
Joe McLaughlin was the winning pitcher as Oak Grove defeated the host team 12-4 in the Minot Tournament championship game.
“The plans are to go back next year,” Richards said.