The Fort Osage baseball team’s offense had a breakout game Friday.
And the Indians needed it.
Host Fort Osage scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break an 8-8 deadlock and down Park Hill South 14-8 in the Northland Tournament.
Cody Oliphant, Andru Baxley and Ian Burlingame each drove in three runs to power the Indians, who improved to 8-10 overall.
“It was a great team win,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said. “We battled every at-bat.”
Baxley had three hits, including a double, while Oliphant and Burlingame each had two. Zane Barr added three hits and scored two runs, Joey Rosser had a hit, two RBIs and a run, and Braydon Phillips had one hit, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored.
Barr also earned the win in relief of Blake Mullendore and Garrett Schuster, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out three in two innings.
Park Hill South scored four in the top of the first inning, but the Indians answered with five runs in the bottom half. The Panthers went up 6-5 before the Indians scored twice in the third for 7-6 lead.
The Indians scored one in the fifth before Park Hill South tied it with two in the top of the sixth.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5, BELTON 2: Chrisman scored all five runs in the first three innings in a victory over Belton in a consolation game in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Friday at Legacy Park.
Eli Henderson pitched a complete game, striking out seven, and went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored to spark the Bears (7-8).
“We played well,” Bears coach Tom Campa said. “Eli was keeping Belton off balance and we were executing with runners on base. I was really pleased with those aspects.”
Nick Ross went 3-for-3 with two RBIs as the Bears scored two runs in each of the first and second innings and added one in the third.
Henderson didn’t allow a run until giving up two in the seventh before squelching the Pirates’ rally. He allowed seven hits and three walks while earning the win.