It was something that Tom Bush had never seen as a longtime American Legion baseball coach and manager.
Christian Garcia, while going 5-for-5, slugged four home runs and drove in nine runs to lead Bush’s Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s to a five-inning 20-2 rout of host Bethany in the second game of a Zone 2 doubleheader Saturday. The A’s also cruised to a 13-0 five-inning win in the first game.
“What a day for Christian,” Bush said of Garcia’s performance. “I've never witnessed that at this level.”
Jared Larson also homered and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs. Colter Nelson had two doubles and two RBIs, Michael Bledsoe had a hit and two RBIs, Micah Copeland had two hits and scored four runs and Devin Donovan singled and doubled and scored two runs to help lead the A’s.
Steven Orwick pitched a five-inning complete game, fanning three and allowing three hits and two runs in the 20-2 win.
Copeland pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, in the 13-0 win. Kalib Martin struck out the final batter.
“This was Steven Orwick’s first start of the season,” Bush said. “He did a great job pitching to contact – 62 pitches with a complete five-inning game. No walks is huge. Micah Copeland was dominating with eight strikeouts.”
Sam Carlson slugged a grand slam to power a seven-run third inning and finished with two hits and two walks to power the A’s in the first game. Larson was 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.
“I was extremely pleased with the way we played,” Bush said. “Good pitching, (and) defensively, zero errors in the doubleheader. We have been struggling all year in the hitting department. It's really good to see the bats start to come around.”
BLUE SPRINGS POST 499 FIKE 9-11, BETHANY 2-3: Blue Springs Post 499 Fike pounded out 29 hits and Tyler Slinkerd and Andrew Asinger each pitched complete games as Fike dominated host Bethany with 9-2 and 11-3 wins in a Zone 2 doubleheader Sunday.
Slinkerd allowed 11 hits and no earned runs or walks while striking out six in the first game. Aaron Jones (double) and Johnny Miles each had two hits and two RBIs to lead the offense. Christian Lynn (two runs) and Easton Harmsen each added three hits and Brad Kitsmiller (two runs, double) and Nathan Fine (one RBI) each had two.
Asinger allowed four hits, three runs and two walks while striking out five in his win. He also went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. Kitsmiller and Jones each doubled with two RBIs, Hayden Engman (one RBI) and Lynn (two runs) each had two hits and Caden Rardon had a hit and two RBIs. Fike scored five runs in each of the third and fourth innings.
SIOUX FALLS TOURNAMENT: The Lee’s Summit Outlaws split the final two games of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Tournament Saturday.
The Outlaws defeated Fargo (N.D.) Post 400 6-0 in the first game Saturday but fell 15-6 to the Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 Hardhats in the final game.
TJ Nichols and Ben Kobel combined on a seven-inning shutout in the win over Fargo. Nichols allowed seven hits and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings, while Kobel pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Logan Adams and Trevor Key each had two hits and two RBIs, Jaxson Hill had two hits and an RBI and Kobel and Michael Calla Jr. each doubled and scored a run.
The Outlaws fell behind 11-4 after three innings and couldn’t recover in the loss to the Hardhats. Blake Marnholtz went 2-for-2 with a home run, double and a walk and three RBIs to lead Lee’s Summit.