There’s a reason Tyler McKay is the ace of the Blue Springs South baseball team.
He tossed his second no-hitter of the season during a 4-0 Suburban Big Six win over visiting Raymore-Peculiar Monday.
He threw a complete game and struck out 12 batters and only allowed one to reach on a walk in the fourth inning.
South (12-9, 3-3 conference) scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the second inning. Tyson Cushman led off with a double and moved to third base on a balk. After walks to Spencer Prichard and Tyler McKay, Jake Lamb hit a three-run double to give the Jaguars the lead. Lamb later scored on single by Dustin Brewer.
"We played a solid game tonight,” South coach Ben Baier said. “Obviously we got a great start by McKay on the mound. He was mixing it up and commanding three pitches tonight, which is what he is capable of doing each time out.
"Our defense was solid as well. Offensively, Lamb had a great at-bat in the second inning and came through with the big hit that we were looking for. I hope we can build on this win and begin to consistently play the type of baseball that we expect from ourselves."
TRUMAN 5, LEE’S SUMMIT 1: After getting a huge win over Blue Springs South the day before, Truman captured the Eastern Jackson County Tournament title with a win over the Lee's Summit Tigers Saturday.
It was the first Eastern Jackson County title for the Patriots (9-10) since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Van Oswald picked up the win and Brayden Jensen earned the save. Oswald also had two hits and two RBIs. Jensen added a double.
Truman had a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh after Jensen got a strikeout to end a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth. Truman tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
“We played four quality games against extremely talented teams this week,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “I'm happy for the players to be able to enjoy the championship. I'm proud of the way the guys competed and executed in pressure situations.”
WILDCATS WIN PAIR: The Blue Springs Wildcats had a pair of close games Saturday, but came out on top in both of them.
They defeated Rockhurst 3-2 and took down Suburban Big Six foe Raymore Peculiar 4-3 Saturday.
Against the Hawlets, starting pitcher Max Gibler scattered seven hits across six innings and allowed just two runs. Ryan McMahan earned the save in one inning of relief.
Rockhurst took a 2-0 lead with a run in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Blue Springs bounced back with one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Jake Lufft had two hits and an RBI and Dylan MacKay had a run-scoring single.
“Very proud of the way they fought all game,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “Good win against a good Rockhurst team.”
Against Raymore-Peculiar, Blue Springs (12-9, 2-2) scored two runs in the first, one in the second and got a walk-off single from Hayden Ludwig in the bottom of the seventh.
Garrett McGowan got the win after pitching the sixth and the seventh.
Zack Eisenrich had two hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.
“We battled after a good game vs. Rockhurst,” McElligott said. “Garrett came in and did a good job and Hayden came through in the seventh. It was a team win. We battled all day. It was an important win against a conference opponent.”
OAK GROVE 5, LAFAYETTE COUNTY 4: After going into the final frame down 4-3, Oak Grove needed some defensive miscues from the Huskers to score two runs in the seventh to take a non-conference victory Saturday.
Jacob Pavlica got the win by pitching just one-third of an inning and tossing two pitches. Garrison Walton, gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and struck out five in the start for the Panthers (9-7).
Pavlica was also 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and Quin Schnieders, Jackson Blansit and Josh Lewis each had an RBI.
“As we’ve done a few times this season, we let a team play with us that really shouldn’t,” Oak Grove coach Evan Jones said. “I told the guys before the game, focus is even more important in games like these where you know the other team is going to grit and grind. It almost caught up to us in the latter innings after we fell behind 4-2, but we were able to pull it together and come up with some big hits while also capitalizing off of defensive miscues by Lafayette County. In the end, a win is a win, but learning from mistakes is and has been key to how much we accomplish this season.”