The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s had enough offense to make it to the finals of the Michael Peterson Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sunday.
But Omaha (Neb.) Skutt had more.
The A’s scored seven runs on 10 hits in the first two innings, but Skutt rallied to claim an 11-8 win in the tournament’s semifinal.
Jake Lufft hit a mammoth first inning home run that smashed the scoreboard in left field to spark the A’s early. He added a double and a single and three RBIs.
Jackson Caley added two doubles, a single and two RBIs, Anthony Gunn doubled and singled and Will Heller had two hits but it wasn’t enough as the A’s dropped to 20-3 overall with a 3-2 mark in the tournament.
On Saturday, the A’s split a pair of pool play games but won their pool with a 3-1 record.
Jake Lufft went the distance, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out seven for the win in a 4-1 victory over Waverly (Neb.) in the first game Saturday.
A hit batter, a walk and a two-base throwing error on a sacrifice bunt scored two runs in the third inning. Gunn’s double drove in the third run of the inning.
The A’s managed just five hits, including doubles by Lufft and Dustin Brewer.
In the second game, the A’s grabbed a 2-0 lead early but fell 3-2 to Papillion (Neb.) South in a game shortened by rain.
Gunn, Jackson Caley and CJ July started the rally with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second inning. Two wild pitches allowed Gunn and Jackson to score, but that was all the scoring the A’s could muster.
Papillion South knotted the score in the third inning and then took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
Lufft doubled to left center field to start the bottom of the sixth, but a severe storm halted the game.
Colton Best suffered the loss despite holding Papillion South to three runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two
On Friday, the A’s topped Bellevue (Neb.) Post 339 East 11-5 and then topped the Lincoln U-Stop Spartans 6-4 to open pool play.
The A’s pounded out 15 hits, including five doubles, in the win over Bellevue East. Leading 5-4, the A’s scored three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to pull away.
Gunn (three RBIs), Lufft (double) and Brewer (double, two RBIs) each had three hits to lead the way. Christian Garcia and Best each doubled and singled and Ray Paniagua doubled.
July earned the win with relief help from Steven Orwick and Brewer.
Gunn doubled and singled and Heller doubled twice to lead the A’s past the U-Stop Spartans in the second game Friday.
Heller also earned the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in six inning. Lufft earned the save, striking out the side in the seventh.
BLUE SPRINGS POST 499 FIKE 4, ENGAGED ATHLETICS 3: Crichton Hill and Ross Greco each went 3-for-4 to lead Fike to a win in a pool play game at the Cream of the Crop Summer Showcase Saturday at William Jewell College in Liberty.
The final two games on Sunday were rained out.
Luke Moehle added two hits and an RBI and Will Fisher had a hit and an RBI for FIke, which scored two runs in the final two innings for the win.
Jackson Arnold allowed three unearned runs in four innings and Noah Hensley earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings.