Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said his team got timely hits when it needed to.
That was especially apparent when the team scored five runs in the top of the first as the Indians defeated Liberty North 7-4 Wednesday in a Suburban Middle Seven Conference contest.
Andru Baxley led the way offensively with a 3-for-3 day and three runs batted in and a run scored. Blake Mullendore was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk and Spencer Patrick has one hit and two runs batted in.
Fort Osage scored two more runs in the fifth to make it 7-2. The Eagles scored one run in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.
Braydon Phillips got the win for Fort (6-9, 4-2 Middle Six) pitching 5 ⅓ innings while allowing three runs (one earned)m walking three and striking out 13. Connor Jonas got the save by allowing one run on three hits and striking out four in 1 ⅔ innings.
LIBERTY 10, TRUMAN 0: The Patriots couldn’t get anything going offensively in a loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday.
Truman is now 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the Suburban Middle Six. Brayden Jensen took the loss on the mound. Jensen and Nick Wheeler had the only two hits for the Patriots.
OAK GROVE 3, ODESSA 2: The Panthers overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring thanks to the heroics of Devon Hudson and Payton Whitaker who drove in two runs in the sixth to give Oak Grove a Missouri River Valley Conference West win Tuesday.
Hudson hit the game-tying RBI after Tanner Johnson took third on a ball in the dirt. Payton Whitaker followed with a pinch-hit RBI to give his team the lead.
“Tonight was really a big game for us on multiple levels: a conference opponent, a district opponent, and perhaps most importantly, a huge rival,” Oak Grove coach Evan Jones said. “I felt like we did a poor job early in the game of executing our game plan at the plate. We moved runners over, but took far too many fastballs early in the count with runners in scoring position. In the sixth we were finally able to square up a couple balls and capitalized off of defensive miscues to take the lead.”
William Cain notched a complete-game victory for Oak Grove (6-6, 2-2) allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out eight. Hudson and Quin Schnieders each had two hits for the Panthers. Schnieders had the other RBI.