Raytown strengthened its Suburban Middle Seven title hopes and damaged Fort Osage’s with an 8-2 victory at Robinson School Friday.

Raytown strengthened its Suburban Middle Seven title hopes and damaged Fort Osage’s with an 8-2 victory at Robinson School Friday.

Winner Gabe Swope and Danton Maddox combined for a six-hitter as the Blue Jays remained atop the standings at 7-2 and improved to 11-8 overall. Fort Osage fell to 4-3 and 8-10. Swope allowed only three hits in six innings.

Five first-inning walks helped Raytown take a  safe 4-0 lead. Swope allowed three hits in six innings.

“The loss really hurts,” coach Chris Walker said of Fort Osage’s title chances. “We walked 10 over the course of the game.”

Chad Sutton didn’t get out of the first inning in suffering the loss. Drew Standifer singled twice for Fort Osage. Maddox singled and doubled and John Nead singled twice with an RBI for Raytown.

“It was our best performance this year,” Raytown coach Jaime Oyler said. “The players always get ready for Fort Osage, knowing they are tough. Swope pitched an outstanding game. It was a good team performance. The kids made some outstanding plays in critical situations.”