The last time Logan Phillips pitched against Raytown, he claimed a 3-0 no-hit victory.
The crafty senior didn’t pitch a no-hitter Monday afternoon at Blue Springs South High School, but this win was much more meaningful as he and Steven Orwick combined on a three-hit, 4-2 Class 5 District 14 victory over the Blue Jays.
Fort now takes an 11-15 record into today’s semifinal contest against Blue Springs South, a 4-3 winner over William Chrisman.
Because of a wet grass field at Grain Valley, the games have been moved to South. If they play at South today, which has artificial turf, the game will likely start at 4:30. If they play at Grain Valley, it will have a 6:30 p.m. start.
“I don’t care when we play or where we play, I’m just happy we’re still playing,” said Phillips, who allowed just three hits and struck out 12. “This is the biggest game of our season so far because the next time you lose your season is over – and none of us wanted our season to be over today.”
While Phillips starred in his starting role, he had plenty of help.
Catcher Darren Horning picked off a Blue Jay runner at first base in the sixth inning and Orwick came on with a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
He coaxed Clayton Hendrix to hit into a 4-3 double play as second baseman Jared Larson fielded a grounder, tagged the Raytown runner then flipped the ball to first baseman Trey Lockard, who did a split at first base to catch the ball before the base runner hit the base.
“That was a great play at second and at first,” Orwick said. “It was a big game and Logan pitched so well. All I wanted to do was come in and get some ground balls and I got two – the double play and a ground out to shortstop to end the game.
“This is such a big win for Logan and the team. We’re playing great baseball now and we can’t wait for tomorrow.”
The Blue Jays scored solo runs in the first and third innings on Quelann Coleman’s RBI single and leadoff hitter Christian Johnston’s home run.
“I didn’t get off to the best start,” Phillips said, “but I was able to get command of my knuckle curve and that became my out pitch. I knew our guys would score some runs and Steven came in and got it done in relief.”
Micah Copeland, Larson and Jaden Malissinas had RBIs for the Indians, who also scored a run on the lone Blue Jay error.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Fort Osage coach Todd Bissell said. “We know what to expect from Logan everytime he starts a game and Steven came in and got two ground balls and three outs.
“Everything he throws goes down in the zone, and he gets a lot of ground ball outs for us.”
CLASS 4 DISTRICT 15: Van Horn couldn’t hold on after taking a 3-1 lead and saw it season come to a close in the first round of the Class 4 District 15 Tournament Monday at Excelsior Springs High School.
Joey Johnson had a hit and an RBI and Connor Hiciano drove in a run as the Falcons scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take the 3-1 advantage.
But the Blue Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to advance to today’s semifinals. Van Horn finished 3-17.
CLASS 4 DISTRICT 13: Odessa jumped to a 5-0 lead and never looked back to end Oak Grove’s season with a 7-3 win in the first round of the Class 4 District 13 Tournament Saturday.
Oak Grove scored two runs in the seventh but couldn’t get any closer. Brenden Marsh had two of the Panthers’ four hits and drove in a run as Oak Grove finished 7-15.