It was the lack of flexibility that irked Fort Osage baseball coach Chris Walker the most.

It was the lack of flexibility that irked Fort Osage baseball coach Chris Walker the most.

He saw it time and time again Wednesday as the Indians dropped a 5-0 Suburban Middle Seven Conference decision to Winnetonka at Fort Osage High School. It was most noticeable when his guys were at the plate. Only twice did the Indians (3-3, 0-1 conference) place multiple runners on base in an inning. By game’s end, they’d totaled just five hits.

“We didn’t make adjustments,” Walker said. “We need to just wait on your pitch, hit the right pitch. Hit the ball where it’s pitched. We can’t think that we’re going to go up and take the same approach when it obviously hasn’t worked all game.”

Fort Osage senior Drew Standifer, who finished 2 for 2 with a triple and reached base three times, said it came down to a lack of patience and inability to adjust to the slower speed of the pitches Winnetonka starter Jeremy Sholl was tossing.

“We were still just loading up and not waiting back on the ball,” he said. “With slow pitching, it’s not the same as fast pitching, obviously. You’ve got to wait back on the ball and let it get there, then you hit it. We were just out in front the whole game.”

Seth Velasquez picked up the victory for Winnetonka (1-1, 1-0) after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the Indians. Sholl surrendered only two hits in his five innings and struck out two.

Although the Griffins pulled away late, the Indians received a spotless start from sophomore Chad Sutton. Sutton worked five scoreless frames and struck out two before being lifted after a brief weather delay.

“I thought today he was much better with his control,” Walker said. “And we played pretty solid defense. ... We played defense and pitched really well, we just have to get it done at the plate.”

After the weather cleared, the Griffins were quickly able to break the scoreless tie by touching Fort reliever Alex Merrithew for two runs in the sixth off an RBI double from Matt Winders and a sacrifice fly from Jose Norris. Shane Hicks smacked a run-scoring double and Marquise Doherty stroked an RBI single to add a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.

The Indians didn’t help themselves on the basepaths the few times they did threaten. Four runners were picked off in the game, including one in the sixth when the Indians had two on with just one out.

“It’s just the little things,” Standifer said. “You can’t let those things get in the way. But I guess in this kind of game, little things beat us. And they took advantage of it.”