The Blue Springs South baseball team proved Thursday that it’s sometimes possible to win despite almost nonexistent hitting.

The Blue Springs South baseball team proved Thursday that it’s sometimes possible to win despite almost nonexistent hitting.

All it takes is some efficiency and opportunism.

The Jaguars connected on only two singles – one that took a bad hop at first and a bunt hit – against Rockhurst, but thanks to some timely sacrifices they still earned a 6-2 victory at Blue Springs South High School.

Hitting hasn’t been an issue for the Jags (13-4) this season as they’re averaging 7.6 runs per game. But Thursday, they proved they can produce runs even when their bats are neutralized.

South brought in six of its 13 base runners thanks to sacrifice RBIs from Nate Goff and Colton Pogue, a run-scoring single from Austin Simms, a balk and two more runs that scored on Hawklet errors.

“We laid down sacrifice bunts tonight that were excellent,” South coach Ben Baier said. “We had sacrifice flies. We got the guy over a couple times on some ground balls. That stuff doesn’t show up in the book necessarily, but that helps you win ballgames. And we executed that way tonight. Even though we weren’t hitting, you can still do certain things.”

South fell behind 1-0 in the first, but the damage could have been much worse as Rockhurst loaded the bases with only one out. Jaguar starter Jeff Smetana averted disaster by striking out Todd Czinege and then Nick Sweatt after allowing an RBI single to Mitch DeGraw.

Smetana worked out of another jam in the fifth as he walked the bases loaded with one out and gave up a run-scoring sac fly before ending the inning with a pop fly.

The Hawklets finished with nine runners stranded to South’s two.

“I just worry about hitting my spots, keeping the ball out of the zone for them to make a good hit” said Smetana, who gave up two runs over five innings to earn the victory, “because they’re a great hitting team so you can’t leave anything fat to them.”

After finishing the fifth, South thwarted any Hawklet momentum by tacking on an insurance run thanks to Pogue’s sacrifice fly.

“It’s all about timely hitting,” Pogue said. “Today we just had a couple guys on, got them in, did our jobs and defensively played well.”

So despite hitting only five balls out of the infield, the Jags still managed to garner a quality victory, which was more than a little reassuring for Baier to see.

“For us to do the other parts of the offensive game well and execute that way gives you a shot,” Baier said. “Today we were able to take advantage of some errors because we did that. Because we had guys in scoring position, when they’d make an error we were able to score. That kind of stuff helps you win.”