This season, “attacking the baseball” has been a focal point at Blue Springs South, according to South coach Ben Baier.

This season, “attacking the baseball” has been a focal point at Blue Springs South, according to South coach Ben Baier.

Friday afternoon against visiting Lee’s Summit North, the Jaguars did that, particularly during the bottom of the fifth inning.

Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth, the Jaguars cranked out four hits and scored six runs. They finished the Suburban Big Six meeting with nine hits and a 12-8 victory.

“We’ve had a problem this year of looking at too many things right down the middle,” Baier said. “And tonight, we got some pitches that we could swing at and went after them. So it was good to see that.”

Three of South’s fifth-inning hits were doubles, including Blake Pummill’s tie-breaking, bases-loaded, three-run hit. Pummill said that the Jaguars displayed their offensive potential that inning.

“We’ve got a lot of big bats,” he said. “(We’re) actually starting to hit it, (Nos.) 1-9 right now. So (I’m) feeling pretty good about the rest of the season.”

South’s fifth-inning rally was the third time the Jaguars (10-11 overall, 4-3 league) had to rally Friday. After North took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, South tied it with two runs in the bottom of the first.

Freshman Andrew Warner’s leadoff home run put the Broncos up 3-2 in the top of the fourth. South answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

North went up 7-6 with four runs in the top of the fifth. Warner capped North’s scoring with a two-out, two-run homer.

“He’s done a good job with the stick – and is doing a pretty respectable job at short as well,” Broncos coach Jeff Diekmann said.

Jared Ginter singled in Gehrig Hudson, who started South’s fifth with a walk, to tie it. Pummill followed with his one-out, three-run double. Senior D’Andre Heggie doubled off the right-field wall to score Pummill and then scored on Matt Olsen’s two-out double to make it 12-7 South.  

North threatened to rally in the seventh by tacking up a run and putting runners on first and third with one out. But South reliever Jeff Smetana got a strikeout and served up a fly out to right field to preserve the victory, capping an outing Heggie considered reflective of the team’s potential.

“The past two games, I’ve felt like this is how we can play and this is the team we are,” said Heggie, who went 2-for-4 (both doubles) with two RBIs. “We can  swing it. We can hit. We can throw, and we can run. We can do it all if we just put our minds to it.”

For the Broncos (11-9, 1-3), the loss reflected their roller coaster season.

“Give Blue Springs South credit – they hit the ball and put the ball in play,” Diekmann said. “But we also struggled a little bit throwing strikes, and we were behind in the count quite often and kind of playing in their favor.”

“We just haven’t found a way to stay consistent,” Diekmann added. “We play good ball one day and not so much the next.”