The Truman baseball team has struggled through a tough season.
But the Patriots reversed that Tuesday with a big Senior Night win.
Josh Patrick went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a run scored to help spark the Patriots to a 13-3, six-inning home victory over the Raytown Blue Jays.
The Patriots erupted for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to snap a 3-3 tie and take the lead for good. They added five runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to end it early on the 10-run mercy rule.
Joe Oswald allowed six hits, two walks and three runs over six innings for the complete-game win as Truman improved to 4-21 overall and 2-8 in the Suburban Big Six.
Gehrig Bristow had a hit and two RBIs, and Nick Wheeler and Oswald each had a hit and an RBI to help lead Truman.
Jake Dyer was 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Raytown.
BLUE SPRINGS 8, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 4: Rey Paniagua went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and drove in the go-ahead run as Blue Springs rallied from a 4-0 deficit for a Suburban Big Seven road victory in Tuesday’s regular-season finale.
Ray-Pec scored four in the first to grab the early lead. The Wildcats responded with a run in the second and Jake Lufft slugged a three-run homer in the third to tie it.
Paniagua’s RBI single gave the Wildcats (16-11, 8-4 Big Seven) the lead in the fifth and they tacked on three more runs in the inning to pull away.
“Very proud of our kids and the way they battled, especially after our game yesterday versus Lee’s Summit North,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said. “This is a good win heading into districts. Rey Paniagua had a great night at the plate with four quality at-bats.”
Lufft also doubled and scored two runs.
Ryan McMahan allowed five hits and three walks in five innings for the win. M. Smith allowed one hit in two scoreless innings to preserve the win.
Blue Springs meets Raytown South in the first round of the Class 5 District 14 Tournament at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Grain Valley High School.
VAN HORN 14, BARSTOW 6: Kyle Schnakenberg went 3-for-5 with five RBIs to power Van Horn to a victory over Barstow Tuesday.
“Matthew Davis had a great night on offense as well as Kyle Schnakenberg,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said.
Davis went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Jonathan Corona was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Marion Jackson added two hits and scored three runs, Jacob Cerda had a hit and two RBIs and Jordan Dobbs had a hit and an RBI to help power the Falcons.
Jackson allowed two hits and one run in five innings in relief of Corona to earn the win as the Falcons finished the regular season with a 12-7 overall record.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 22, RUSKIN 0: Seth Gossett threw a five-inning one-hitter and William Chrisman pounded out 17 hits on the way to a Suburban Middle Six rout of host Ruskin Tuesday at Hickman Mills Middle School.
Will Fisher (two doubles), Try Stout and Cameron Watters each had three hits and an RBI to power the Bears, who improved to 9-15 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Chrisman extended a 1-0 lead to 11-0 with 10 runs in the third. The Bears added nine in the fourth and two in the fifth to end it early on the mercy rule.