LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Blue Springs baseball team is beginning to get its bats going in the River City Classic .
The Wildcats pounded out 17 hits Friday in a 13-6 win over Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial at Free State High School in Lawrence.
On Thursday, the Wildcats had 11 hits in a 3-2 win over Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Northwest and 14 hits in an 11-4 loss to Olathe (Kan.) South.
“We hit the baseball good again today. Offensively came out and put the ball in play. It was a good day at the plate,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said after the win over Memorial.
Chris Liggett had four hits, including two doubles, Jeremy Lufft had three hits and Dylan MacKay tripled and singled and scored three runs to help boost the Wildcats. Zach Eisenreich and Luke Miller each added two hits and Hayden Ludwig and Caleb Marquez each doubled.
The Wildcats scored a run in the fifth to grab a 5-4 lead and added four runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win.
Jake Lufft went 5 1/3 innings for the win and Garrett McGowan closed it out with the final 1 2/3 innings.
On Thursday, CJ July squeezed home Liggett in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Wildcats past Shawnee Mission Northwest at Lawrence High School.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the fifth to tie it 2-2.
MacKay had three hits, including a double, and Marquez and Lufft each added two hits. Max Gibler earned the win.
In the second game at the University of Kansas, the Wildcats fell despite outhitting Olathe South 14-13. They were hurt by six errors.
“We hit the ball good, we just needed some timely hits,” McElligott said. “You figure 25 hits in two games you would get two wins. We have to do a better job defensively.”
Jake McMahill suffered the loss.
HARRISONVILLE 10, OAK GROVE 3: Oak Grove couldn’t overcome Harrisonville's seven-run second inning as it fell in a Missouri River Valley Conference West game Thursday.
Brandon Eickhorst pitched a complete game for Harrisonville, allowing three-runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out four.
Garrison Walton picked up the loss for Oak Grove as he surrendered eight runs (five earned) on five hits, walked five and struck out three.
Tanner Lowrey and Jacob Pavlica each had an RBI for the Panthers (7-7, 3-4). Jaxon Althaus, Riley Matson, Quin Schneiders, Josh Lewis and Lowrey got hits for the team.
“We continue to be inconsistent and give up huge innings without the ability to stop the bleeding,” Oak Grove coach Evan Jones said. "A lack of focus and forward thinking are more to blame than physical ability. Credit to Harrisonville, as they showed heart, desire and intensity. It was nice to see that from a ball club and I hope we learned something about the way competitors play the game.”