After several rainouts, the Blue Springs South baseball team finally got to hit the field Thursday.
The Jaguars didn’t disappoint in their season opener, routing host Park Hill South 13-2 in six innings.
Senior outfielder Derek Mammen had three hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs to power the Jaguars to the non-conference win.
"It was good to finally get a game in here at the beginning of the season,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “I know we were all excited to get on the field today. I felt like we had a good approach at the plate and we were able to do some things offensively that you need to do against a good team like Park Hill South."
The Jaguars scored two runs in the third to break a 1-1 tie and added five runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings to end it early on the mercy rule.
John Herrman also had three hits, including a double and triple, and Allante Hall had a triple and three runs scored for the Jaguars (1-0).
Senior Andrew Simms went the first four innings for the win, and senior Brandt Lightner pitched the final two innings.
TRUMAN 25, ST. MICHAEL 2: Truman slugged five home runs on the way to a three-inning rout of St. Michael the Archangel to finish 1-1-1 in the season-opening Raytown Schools Tournament.
Josh Patrick, Nick Wheeler, Josh Cruz, Tanner Blau and Nick Camby each hit home runs for Truman. Wheeler finished 3-for-3 with a double and five RBIs, Patrick also had two walks and five RBIs in addition to his homer, and Camby was 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Patriots, who scored nine runs in the first inning, 11 in the second and five in the third.
“The score speaks for itself. We came out swinging the bats, on a beautiful day for baseball, and put some runs on the board,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “Alex Khan threw the ball well. Two mental mistakes on defense kept him from getting the shutout. Hopefully this is the confidence builder we needed as we move forward into our season.”
Khan allowed one hit and struck out three in three innings.
Truman went 0-1-1 on the first day of the Raytown Schools Tournament Wednesday, tying Harrisonville 9-9 in six innings and falling 5-3 to Raytown South.
Josh Cruz slugged a three-run homer to key an eight-run third inning to erase a 7-1 deficit and take a 9-7 lead over Harrisonville, but the Wildcats scored twice in the sixth inning to tie it before the time limit expired.
“I was proud of the way we responded after going down early, but I am disappointed we could not close the game out once we took the lead,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said.
Josh Patrick went 3-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored, and Kyler Barnett was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for the Patriots.
Lathrom said he wasted a strong first varsity start by Braeden Schramm in the loss to Raytown South.
“Braeden Schramm threw very well in his first varsity start. He showed great command of all pitches and showed a lot of composure for a sophomore,” Lathrom said. “I left him in one hitter too long, which resulted in a two-run home run.”
Cruz had two hits and an RBI and Nick Wheeler doubled with an RBI to lead the Patriots (0-3-1).
KEARNEY 11, BLUE SPRINGS 7: Mitchell Smith slugged a grand slam but it wasn’t enough to save Blue Springs from its first loss of the season.
The Wildcats grabbed a 7-2 lead after four innings but Kearney scored two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh to claim the win in the final game of the Metro Leadoff Classic Thursday at Liberty North High School.
Blue Springs finished 4-1 in the tournament, tying Liberty North for the top record.
“We need to keep applying pressure when you get a lead. We will learn from this and be better down the road,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “We had a great week in a great tournament.”
Jake Lufft and Andrew Garry each had two hits and an RBI and Ray Paniagua added a pair of singles for Blue Springs (4-1). Matt Smith suffered the loss.
PARK HILL SOUTH 11, FORT OSAGE 6: Fort Osage couldn’t overcome an early 3-0 deficit and fell to host Park Hill South Thursday.
The Indians cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the third but the Panthers pulled away with one run in the third, three in the fourth and four in the sixth.
Spencer Patrick had a hit and three RBIs and Nick Dye was 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead Fort Osage (0-2).