Fort Osage’s usual strength turned into its biggest weakness Wednesday.

Fort Osage’s usual strength turned into its biggest weakness Wednesday.

Errors cost the Indians three runs in a 5-3 home loss to Lee’s Summit North. The most damage was done when two miscues accounted for two Broncos runs in the top of the third.

North’s Keith Winterowd singled to start the inning. Then Brandon Dulin reached when a routine fly ball was misplayed and dropped to the ground. Zach Bradford then hit a grounder that looked like it would be a double-play ball, but the throw was bobbled and the bases were loaded.

Kyle Foster then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Winterowd and moved Dulin to third. Dulin then scored on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-0 lead after scoring one in the first inning.

North took advantage of an error in the fourth. Pat Mercer got on a base with a single and went to third on a single by Winterowd. He then scored when the Indians tried to throw out Winterowd, who was stealing second, and the ball rolled into the outfield.

Winterowd scored on a single by Dulin to give North (10-8) a 5-0 lead.

“You can’t give any team more than three outs, especially a team like Lee’s Summit North,” Indians coach Chris Walker said. “If we don’t go out there and commit those two errors, who knows what would have happened?”

Walker said all the errors were not characteristic of the way the Indians, who dropped to 7-9, usually play.

“That’s the first time our defense has really kind of let us down per se,” Walker said. “We’ve been playing pretty good defense all the way through.”

The runs came when Carlos Ramirez was on the mound, and he was saddled with the loss.

“Carlos struggled a little bit early, but he definitely deserved a better outcome than what we saw in that one inning,” Walker said. “When a pitcher’s out there struggling like that, you’ve got to step it up and play better than average defense behind him. And we didn’t do that today.”

Fort didn’t call it a day after falling behind five runs. The Indians answered in the bottom of the fourth. Chance Divers led off the inning with a single and stole second. Alex Greer walked. Following a strikeout, Drew Standifer popped out to right, but moved Divers to third. A single brought Divers and Greer home.

“They never really put us away,” Walker said. “Our kids kind of stayed with them, and we took our swings at the plate.”

Greer scored again in the bottom of the sixth after reaching on a bloop single and stealing second and third when Standifer singled.

By then, the Indians had righted the ship defensively, and Devin Shores came in in relief to keep the Broncos off balance. He pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

“I thought Devin Shores came in and pitched a good game to kind of keep (the Broncos) where they were,” Walker said.

North’s Josh Gregg was solid throughout. He got the complete-game victory, allowing just five hits and three runs.

“For the most part, it was a pretty good day for us,” Broncos coach Jeff Diekmann said. “Josh did a great job for us on the hill.”

Diekmann said Gregg has turned into a solid starter for the Broncos.

“He doesn’t just wow you with throwing the ball 85 or 90 miles per hour,” Diekmann said. “He does enough. He’s just a good pitcher right now.”

Gregg had plenty of support as the Broncos didn’t make things easy on Fort’s defense with 14 hits.

“We were hitting the ball real well early on, and we didn’t have a lot to show for it,” Diekmann said. “I was kind of worrying if that was going to come back to haunt us there at the end when they got it to within two.”