The Blue Springs South baseball team came close to making it three straight district titles.

But Rockhurst – who lost the two earlier title games to South – scored two runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-2 victory in the Class 4 District 14 championship Saturday afternoon at Blue Springs High School’s Reynolds Field.

The Blue Springs South baseball team came close to making it three straight district titles.
But Rockhurst – who lost the two earlier title games to South – scored two runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-2 victory in the Class 4 District 14 championship Saturday afternoon at Blue Springs High School’s Reynolds Field.
“We have faced Rockhurst in the district final the past three seasons, and we weren’t able to get the three-peat done today,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “The kids played hard and gave it what they had, and I was proud of their effort, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
“Winning a district championship is tough, and we have been fortunate to put ourselves in that position the last four years. However, we don’t play the game for moral victories of getting to the championship game. We expect to play and win championships, and unfortunatly today we didn’t play championship level baseball when we needed to.”
Logan Moon went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Chanze Mason had an RBI single as the Jaguars scored single runs in each of the third and sixth innings.
But Rockhurst had an answer each time, scoring single runs in the bottom of the third and sixth innings to keep the two-run margin.
Gehrig Hudson, who doubled, suffered the loss for South, which finished 11-10 overall after routing rival Blue Springs 11-4 in the semifinal earlier Saturday to reach the championship.
Rockhurst edged Raytown South 3-2 in the other semifinal.
In South’s win over Blue Springs, Justin Ginter powered the Jaguars by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Mason also had two doubles and three RBIs and catcher Nick Gast went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Jaguars, who collected 14 hits, scored three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to break a 4-4 tie and advance to the championship game.
“I thought our guys did a good job of coming out and playing a complete game (against Blue Springs),” Baier said. “We got solid pitching, hitting, and defense. We talked after the last game against Blue Springs, in which they handed it to us pretty good, that we would see them again on this field in less than two weeks and that we needed to put that game behind us and focus in on taking care of business in districts. After a shaky start, we settled down and played a solid game.”
Drew Casper, in relief of starter Jess Gray, earned the victory. Zac Butler suffered the loss for Blue Springs.
“Drew Casper did a great job of keeping us in the ballgame early, which allowed us to battle back and take the lead for good,” Baier said.
D’Andre Heggie, Blake Pummill and Josh Hightower each added doubles for the Jaguars.
Jordan Brown singled twice with three RBIs and Nick Gulotta singled and doubled to lead Blue Springs, which finished 10-13.
“The kids played hard,” Blue Springs coach Marc Hines said. “Ben Baier’s kids came out hitting. We kept trying to find a solution with the pitchers and they kept hitting whoever we put in. We’re grateful for what we got (10 victories).”
Rockhurst will play host to Sedalia Smith-Cotton in a sectional game today. Smith-Cotton scored four runs in the eighth inning to defeat Lee’s Summit 8-4 Saturday and claim the District 13 title.
The Sedalia-Rockhurst winner meets the Truman-Park Hill winner in the state quarterfinals Thursday.