Flip a coin.
That’s what Blue Springs South baseball coach Ben Baier said when referring to how he thinks his team will play in the Class 5 District 14 tournament next week.
The veteran coach was upset with how his team played in its regular season finale against the No. 2 state-ranked Staley Falcons. The pitching and hitting were both listless for the host Jaguars in a 8-0 loss Wednesday.
“We were non-competitive today,” Baier said. “This was not close to what Jaguar baseball should look like. There were 64 things we did which were not what we do. If we don’t figure it out and play like we’re capable of, then that’s going to be the result. It will be done next week.
“We participated today. We didn’t compete. Some guys might not want to hear that, but that’s the truth.”
Staley opened the scoring in the first inning with a pair of RBI singles from Payton Revis and Landon Donaldson that were drilled to center field off starting pitcher Will Royster.
South used relief pitcher Wyatt Clark in the second and he pitched four innings and surrendered five runs. Frankie Circello hit a hard ground ball up the middle for an RBI single and Donaldson followed with an RBI double to deep center in the second.
South nearly scored its first run in the bottom of the third when Grant Geren took off for home plate after an infield single from Caleb Israelite and a throwing error. However, he was tagged out at home on a strong throw from Circello.
Staley added one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to finish off the decisive victory.
The Falcons totaled 14 hits and had at least one in six out of seven innings. Their pitching was just as good. Starting pitcher Mitchell Thompson pitched two scoreless innings and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second. Jake Wilson picked up the win after tossing three innings in relief. He allowed just two hits and struck out five, using a high-velocity fastball and a sharp curveball.
“I thought he threw really, really good,’ Staley coach David Wilson said of Wilson. “He had really good break on that breaking ball and showed command on it. The one at-bat that was the best was when he fell behind 3-1 and threw two breaking balls in a row for a strikeout.”
South, which fell to 14-12 with its fifth loss in six games, managed just four hits and Israelite had two of them. Tucker Woods and Isaiah Frost each had one.
“We didn’t make many adjustments and took too many third strikes,” said Baier, whose team fanned 10 times. “We had seven or eight of them. We had non-competitive at-bats. When you step on the field, you have to have an attitude. Right now, we don’t have one.”
The Jaguars are the No. 2 seed for next week’s Class 5 District 14 Tournament at Grain Valley High School. They face No. 7 William Chrisman in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Monday.