Jake Lamb made sure the only run the Blue Springs South baseball team needed was the run it got in the first inning.
Lamb pitched six shutout innings allowed just two hits and Dustin Brewer earned the save with a clean seventh inning as the Jaguars blanked previously undefeated Summit Christian Academy 2-0 in the final pool play game in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Thursday at Legacy Park.
The Jaguars improved to 10-8 overall and advanced to the championship round at 4 p.m. today with the win over Summit Christian, which is ranked No. 6 in the Class 3 state poll.
"I was pleased with our approach at the plate tonight,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “I thought we played a solid game tonight all the way around. Jake did a great job on the mound tonight of working through each inning. It is a step in the right direction. We will come back out tomorrow and see if we can build on it."
Blue Springs South scored the only run it needed in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Allante Hall singled to right field and later scored on an error on Tyson Cushman’s grounder.
South added an insurance run in the sixth when Tate Holmes led off with a single, advanced to second on a Cushman groundout and scored on Spencer Prichard’s RBI single.
Holmes finished 2-for-2 with a hit by pitch.
Blue Springs South meets Truman at 4 p.m. and Lee’s Summit at 6 p.m. in the two-game championship round.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4, TRUMAN 3: Despite a loss Thursday, Truman has advanced to the championship round of the Eastern Jackson County Tournament.
Lee’s Summit North scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-3 deadlock and down Truman in the final pool play game at Legacy Park.
Truman advanced to the championship round on a tiebreaker.
Myles Odom suffered the loss in relief, while Van Oswald had two hits to lead the Patriots.
After playing Blue Springs South at 4 p.m. today, Truman will meet Lee’s Summit at 4 p.m. Saturday as each of the three pool winners meet each other in the two-game championship round.