The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics have started the Fifth District season strong.

The Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics have started the Fifth District season strong.
The A’s jumped out to a 4-0 start in the district after sweeping a doubleheader against the Independence VFW Post 1000 Bears Thursday night, 12-2 and 6-2.
Matt McHenry pitched a complete game in the first game, as Bret Sutton drove in three runs on two hits. Dan McGonigle and Sam Guffey each drove in a pair of runs, while Keeston Terry had two hits.
In the second game, Sutton went 3-for-4, while Terry drove in two runs. Guffey went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Johnny Squires picked up the win for A’s, who improved to 8-1 overall.
“Our pitching has been very surprising,” A’s manager Mike Rooney said. “That’s been our biggest surprise. But our biggest disappointment has been our hitting. But we had 12 and 11 hits in a doubleheader, so you’ve got to be happy with that.”
INDEPENDENCE POST 21 16-3, OAK GROVE POST 379 6-1: Independence Post got strong hitting and then strong pitching to post a Fifth District doubleheader sweep of Oak Grove Post 379 Friday night at Crysler Stadium.
Kyle Clifton homered and doubled and drove in six runs in a five-inning 16-6 romp in the first game, which featured four home runs by Post 21.
Winning pitcher William Nesbit added three hits, including a double and a home run, and three RBIs, and Jamie Hayes added solo home run and two singles and Josh Felz had a home run and a single. Will Sherman chipped in three hits and Mike King added two for Post 21, which blew open a tight 7-6 game with six runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Kyle Thornton had three hits in each game, including a solo home run in each for Oak Grove (3-7, 0-6 Fifth District), which has lost seven straight. David Richards and Tyler Johnson each added two hits for Post 379 in the first game.
Hayes had a double and two singles to lead Post 21 in the second game. Post 21 scored two runs in the first and one in the fourth.
Thornton hit his home run in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Felz, who earned the win, and Clifton combined to strike out seven and allow six hits. Thornton suffered the loss.
“We keep getting runners on but we can’t get the key hits,” Oak Grove manager David Richards said. “In one inning (in the second game), we had bases loaded with no outs and couldn’t get a single run home.”
ST. JOSEPH POST 11 6-3, BLUE SPRINGS POST 499/FIKE 2-2: A three-run home run sank Fike in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday night.
Then a run in the bottom of the seventh did the same thing as Fike (2-4) dropped a pair of close road games.
“These are really our first two games being together as a full team,” manager Jim Moran said about the Blue Springs South players returning to the team after the state baseball playoffs. “The coaching staff is still searching for combinations. Our defense played well, but there were still a couple of things to work on.”
Josh Smetana and Nick Gast each had two hits in the second game. Fike registered only four total hits in the first game.
Jordan Oddo threw six innings in the nightcap, alowing two runs and striking out four.