Logan Phillips appears to have a fresh arm after not pitching last season.
The senior left-handed allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out 13 in five innings to lead Fort Osage to a 5-0 Suburban Middle Seven win over host Belton Wednesday.
Phillips also pitched four scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a 3-2 win over Oak Park on April 2.
“Great outing from Logan. He was in control of all his pitches,” Fort Osage coach Todd Bissell said. “This is the second strong performance from Logan this year. He didn’t pitch last year as a junior, so we have tried to gradually work him back into the rotation and build his stamina.”
Steven Orwick finished off the combined shutout, throwing the final two innings while giving up one hit and striking out four. The duo combined for 17 strikeouts.
Ethan Gotch led the offense with three hits, including two doubles, and scored two runs, while Trey Lockard drove in two runs for the Indians, who improved to 5-8 overall and 4-1 in the conference while snapping a three-game losing streak.
TRUMAN 7, PARK HILL SOUTH 6: Alex Khan slugged a solo home run in the top of the seventh and Truman hung on for a Suburban Large Seven win over host Park Hill South Wednesday.
The Patriots scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to grab a 6-4 lead but Park Hill South tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Khan hit a leadoff shot over the left-field fence in the top of the seventh for the game-winning run as the Patriots (5-8, 1-4 Large Seven) snapped a five-game losing streak.
Zach Servi went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Braeden Schramm was 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI as the Patriots collected nine hits.
Kyler Barnett went the distance for the win, allowing five earned runs and 12 hits while striking out two.
“Today we were able to overcome some adversity caused by a few baserunning blunders, which we will continue to work on,” Truman coach Corey Lathrom said. “With runners at first and third, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Kyler was able to get their best hitter to ground into a double play from Servi to (Brad) Menzies to Khan to win the game. It was a great win on the road and I am so proud of my guys. Hopefully we are able to build some momentum off this win.”
STALEY 3, BLUE SPRINGS 1: Aiden Smith and Blue Springs fell just short in a pitchers’ duel Wednesday in a non-conference game at Staley.
Smith kept the Falcons scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when they tied it 1-1. Staley then scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth off losing pitcher Bryce Perdieu.
Smith allowed three hits and worked around six walks.
“He threw a great game, kept us in it,” Blue Springs coach Tim McElligott said of Smith. “It is hard to ask a pitcher to throw pressure pitches every pitch. We have to do a better job putting the ball in play and executing at the plate.”
Tanner Martin hit an RBI single in the third inning to put Blue Springs (3-13) ahead 1-0.
RAYTOWN 14, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 7: Jordan Mabie and Alex Johnson slugged home runs but it wasn’t enough to get past visiting Raytown in a Suburban Middle Seven loss Wednesday.
Raytown jumped to a 5-1 lead after two innings but Chrisman cut it to 7-5 after four. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the fifth and added four more in the seventh to pull away.
Mabie finished 2-for-3, including a two-run homer in the third inning, and had three RBIs and two runs. Johnson hit a two-run blast in the fourth to make it 7-5.
Connor Yeisley was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, Andru Campos doubled and Fausto Montero added an RBI hit for the Bears (4-6, 2-3 Middle Seven).
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 8, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: Junior pitcher Matt Trout was the victim of shaky defense as Blue Springs South suffered a Suburban Big Six loss to host Lee’s Summit West Wednesday.
The Jaguars surrendered three unearned runs in each of the first two innings to fall behind 6-1. South finished with four errors, including three in the first.
Trout allowed just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings but suffered the loss.
“Matt did a great job tonight against a good Lee’s Summit West team,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “It was a shame that we didn’t do anything in the first two innings to help him.”
John Herrman was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, and Isaiah Frost was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases for the Jaguars (6-4, 2-1 Big Six).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 11, NORTH KANSAS CITY 1: Jake Johnson pitched a five-inning one-hitter as host Lee’s Summit North routed North Kansas City in a non-conference matchup Wednesday.
Jaxson Hill went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to help spark the offense for the Broncos (6-10).