Four unearned runs meant the end of the Fort Osage baseball team’s season.
Top-seeded Liberty North scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie and held off the Indians for an 8-6 win in the Class 5 District 15 semifinals Monday at Liberty North High School.
Zane Barr went 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs – but only four earned – and striking out six to suffer the loss for Fort Osage, which made three errors and finished the season at 16-14.
“Barr battled and deserved the win,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said.
The Indians scored one run in the third and two in the top of the fourth to grab a 3-2 lead.
Liberty North lunged ahead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, only to have the Indians tie it 5-5 with two runs in the fifth.
After the Eagles grabbed the 8-5 lead in the sixth, Fort Osage scored one in the top of the seventh but couldn’t get any closer.
Von Young hit a solo home run and scored two runs and jacob Merithew had an RBI double to lead Fort Osage at the plate. Spencer Patrick and Ethan Gotch each added a hit and an RBI.
Fort Osage advanced to the semifinals with a 14-2 rout of Winnetonka in the first round on Saturday.
Bryce Dye went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored and Logan Phillips was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs to lead the Indians, who pulled away after scoring six runs in the first inning.
Gotch, who earned the win, went all five innings, allowing five hits, three walks and two runs with three strikeouts. He also went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs at the plate.
Barr, Patrick and Jared Larson each added a hit and two RBIs.