Max Gibler and Jake Lufft made sure the Blue Springs baseball team got off to a strong start in the Capital City Classic in Jefferson City.
Gibler allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in five shutout innings and Lufft drove in both runs and earned the save in a 2-0 victory over St. Charles Lutheran in the pool play opener Thursday.
After Gibler worked around a pair of errors for the victory, Lufft pitched two scoreless innings for the save.
“Max threw a flawless five innings,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “He mixed up his pitches and was pretty dominant. Great way to start the tournament against a ranked Lutheran team. Pitching was good but need to tighten up the defense and base running.”
Lufft gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and made it 2-0 in the third with an RBI double.
Blue Springs faces Jefferson City Helias at 2:15 p.m. and Blair Oaks at 4:30 p.m. today.
TRUMAN 7, PARK HILL SOUTH 6: Gehrig Bristow delivered a clutch two-out, bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Truman to a Suburban Big Six home victory over Park Hill South Thursday.
Noah Sturgeon smacked a two-run double in the sixth to put the Patriots ahead 6-5 before the Panthers rallied against reliever Kyler Barnett in the top of the seventh to tie it and send it into extra innings.
“Great game from Bryson Howell defensively behind the plate and two huge sacrifice bunts offensively,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said after his team improved to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Joe Oswald started for Truman and went four innings and Josh Cruz pitched the next two before giving way to Barnett, who claimed the win after allowing one run in four innings.
Oswald, Bristow, Barnett and Nick Wheeler each had two singles for Truman, which totaled 11 hits.