The Truman baseball team bounced back from a rough weekend to get off to a strong start in the Raytown Schools Tournament Monday.
After going 0-2 and not scoring a run in a season-opening trip to Columbia Saturday, the Patriots downed Harrisonville 6-5 and then routed host Raytown South 14-4 in five innings to get off to a 2-0 start in pool play in the tournament.
Cory Pleacher pitched six innings and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Patriots to the 6-5 win over Harrisonville. He allowed just five hits and no walks while striking out seven. Kyler Barnett added two hits and an RBI.
“Tonight's game was a really nice response to losing two tough games in Columbia on Saturday,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “Cody Pleacher threw really well in the first game. We started to swing the bat with some success and also got some clutch two-out RBIs. In the second game Cam Lusso threw the ball really well to start, we had a really nice defense of play by Kyler Barnett at shortstop.”
The Patriots managed just two hits in a 10-0 loss to Columbia Hickman and got just one hit in a 13-0 loss to Willard Saturday in Columbia.
“We showed some toughness by dealing with adversity by following up some errors with good pitching and solid defense, to keep the damage at a minimum,” Lathrom said. “Really looking forward to the next two days and hopefully putting ourselves in a position to play for a championship on Wednesday.”
Cam Lusso pitched the Patriots to the 14-4 five-inning win over Raytown South. The Patriots erupted for eight runs and rolled to the win to improve to 2-2 overall.
Nate Camby went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs, Jaden Evans was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, Bradley Menzies doubled with two RBIs and Josh Patrick tripled with an RBI and two runs.
FORT OSAGE 13, WINNETONKA 1: Indians starting pitcher Jacob Merithew got plenty of help in his team’s season opener against the Griffins Monday.
He picked up the win, while he tossed three shutout innings and struck out five in a mercy-rule win over Winnetonka. Steven Rowick pitched the final two innings as he struck out three and allowed one unearned run.
Jared Larson and Sam Carlson each had two hits and two RBIs for Fort Osage. Merithew and Ethan Gotch, who doubled, had three RBIs apiece.
WILDCATS DROP TWO: The Blue Springs Wildcats dropped a pair of games in the Metro Leadoff Classic Monday.
They fell 8-3 to Liberty before losing to Rockhurst 8-1 in the second game.
Against Liberty, a five-run third inning boosted the Blue Jays to the win. Junior Payton Schmidt led the Blue Springs offense with two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore Taylor Warren also had two hits and a run scored. Junior Tanner Martin was the losing pitcher.
Against the Hawklets, Blue Springs scored just one run in third, and Rockhurst scored four in the sixth to put the game away. Mitchell Smith led the Wildcats with two hits. Nate England suffered the loss.