Truman baseball coach Corey Lathrom received a nice 40th birthday present.
Braeden Schramm’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Kyler Barnett to give the Patriots a 5-4 Suburban Large Seven home victory over the Park Hill South Panthers Friday.
Schramm also hit a home run and finished with three RBIs. Barnett finished with four hits, three runs and earned the victory on the mound.
“Tonight was a great 40th birthday present from my guys,” Lathrom said. “Alex Khan had another really nice outing and Cam Lusso provided quality relief. Our pitching went according to plan and we were able to make enough plays in the field and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end. Jordan McKinney, Josh Patrick and Jaden Evans, along with others, came through with big defensive plays tonight. This is another step forward for our team as we head into the last week of the regular season and then districts the following week.”
Park Hill South took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Truman tied it in the bottom half. Zach Servi scored on an error after a Bradley Menzies hit, and Barnett scored on a Patrick sacrifice fly to tie it.
Barnett allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out three in 3 2/3 innings for win as the Patriots improved to 11-13 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
FORT OSAGE 2, BELTON 0: Trey Lockard helped the Fort Osage baseball team solidify its Suburban Middle Seven title hopes.
The junior pitcher fired a two-hit shutout in a conference home victory over Belton Friday. He struck out seven and walked three while not allowing a runner past second base.
"Trey had great command tonight and kept the Belton hitters off balance all night long and let our defense make plays behind him," Indians coach Todd Bissell said after his team improved to 8-1 in the conference and 9-13 overall with its third straight win.
Ethan Gotch had two hits and Micah Copeland and Darren Horning each drove in a run to give Lockard enough runs for the win.
Fort Osage has a two-game lead on Oak Park and three-game advantage on Raytown with three conference games left.
RAYTOWN 9, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 3: Chrisman was unable to overcome Raytown’s early 6-0 lead in a Suburban Middle Seven road loss Friday.
The visiting Blue Jays scored four runs in the first inning and added single runs in each of the third and fourth innings to take control.
Seth Gossett was 2-for-3 and Taylor Perry hit a two-run single in the seventh to lead the Bears (6-15, 3-7 Middle Seven). Dawson Herl, despite allowing just two earned runs in three innings, suffered the loss.
OAK GROVE 13, HARRISONVILLE 6: Oak Grove squandered an early 4-0 lead but erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning to rally for its first MRVC West victory of the season Friday at Webb Park.
Clay Griffin hit two home runs and had five RBIs and Brenden Marsh slugged a three-run homer to spark that eight-run outburst and struck out six in two innings for the win as Oak Grove snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 7-13 overall and 1-7 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
Harrisonville scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to grab a 6-5 lead before Oak Grove rallied. Evan Hall scored on an error to tie it 6-6, Marsh slugged his three-run blast for the lead, Griffin followed with a two-run blast and Keegan Scarborough capped it with a two-run single.
Griffin, Marsh, Scarborough, Hall and Cole Chaney each finished with two hits and Eli Wycoff had a hit and two RBIs.
Marsh earned the win in relief, allowing two hits, no walks and one unearned run in two innings.