A strong showing by starter Jake Lufft and an opportunistic offense pushed the Blue Springs baseball team to a Suburban Big Six win Tuesday.
Lufft pitched a four-hit shutout and allowed only one runner to reach third base as the Wildcats blanked host Lee’s Summit West 2-0 in a quick game that lasted only an hour and a half.
“He pounded the zone and let the defense play and got big outs when needed,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “With two good pitchers you have to take advantage of every opportunity and we did tonight. Very proud of our performance. We just gutted out a win.”
The Wildcats took advantage of three hit batters and four walks and prevailed despite getting only one hit off West starter Dusty Stroup. Zach Eisenreich’s RBI single keyed a two-run third inning as Blue Springs improved to 13-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
EAGLES TAKE SECOND: Grain Valley went 2-1 to claim second place in the Boonville Tournament Friday and Saturday.
It took a diving catch in the bottom of the seventh inning in the championship game to keep the Eagles from finishing 3-0. Trailing host Boonville 5-3 Saturday, Garrett Morrow hit a line drive in the gap with the bases loaded but the Pirates outfielder made the diving catch to end the game.
Morrow, who had one of the Eagles’ three hits, suffered the loss on the mound despite allowing just one earned run.
Earlier Saturday, Dalton Forge pitched the Eagles to a 13-1 rout of Centralia.
On Friday, Zack Ehlen had two hits, including the winning two-run double, as Grain Valley rallied for a 6-5 win over Eldon. Tate Collum earned the win.