Evan Berndt came through in a big way for the Blue Springs baseball team Wednesday.
Evan Berndt came through in a big way for Blue Springs Wednesday.
Berndt’s three-run triple with two outs in the sixth inning tied the game, while Andrew Cottle drove in the game-winning run in the eighth, as Blue Springs rallied to beat Lee’s Summit West 8-7 in the KC Metro Leadoff Classic at Legacy Park.
The Titans jumped out to a 6-3 lead on Blue Springs starter Kyle Seithel, but the Wildcats hung on until Berndt’s hit tied it up.
“Our kids didn’t quit,” Wildcats coach Marc Hines said. “We were down two or three runs the whole game, and they kept chipping away at it and found a way to scratch it out.”
Michael Schulze and Dillion Brady each homered for West. Jordan Martinez scored four runs for the Wildcats.
WINNETONKA 7, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: Errors proved costly for Blue Springs South Wednesday.
Three errors led to four unearned runs in a season-opening loss for the Jaguars.
“We looked like a young team at times,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “And that’s to be expected. Nine of the kids who suited up today, this was their first experience playing varsity. And a lot of guys who return didn’t see a lot of time.”
Austin Rodriguez and Chanze Mason each belted solo home runs, while Logan Moon added a double. Nick Gast hit an RBI single.
ROCKHURST 15, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 2: A seven-run second inning was too much for the Bears to overcome Wednesday in the KC Metro Leadoff Classic at Legacy Park.
“We got behind early,” Bears coach Justin Woods said. “Last year, we played Rockhurst, got behind and rolled over. This time, we fought back. I was pleased with our effort. A lot of things didn’t go our way. We had too many strikeouts. We’re not putting the ball in play.”
Jo Jo Taisi had two hits for the Bears (1-2) while Blane Peck and Steven Dooley each had a hit.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH WINS TWO: Austin Hill went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the Broncos to a 6-1 win over Staley in the first game of a doubleheader in the KC Metro Leadoff Tournament.
Starting pitcher Nick Stone earned the win, allowing only one hit and one run in five innings, striking out three Falcons. Randen Schleiden pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Sam Shaw went 1-for-4 with three RBIs.
“It was a well pitched game by Stone and Schleiden,” Broncos coach Jeff Diekmann said. “I was pleased with our defense as well.”
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Broncos outhit Park Hill South 10-4 to win their tournament division with a 9-3 victory.
Brad Phillips went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Phillips also earned the win, striking out six in five innings.
Gavin Stark went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in the win. Stark pitched two innings in relief.
“Brad Phillips had some key strikeouts and Stark threw well in relief,” Diekmann said.