James O’Dell rolled up his sleeves and went to work Wednesday afternoon for the Truman High School baseball team as he pitched a four-hit shutout, struck out 10 and made it look easy on a blustery day en route to a 3-0 victory over the host Blue Springs South Jaguars.

James O’Dell rolled up his sleeves and went to work Wednesday afternoon for the Truman High School baseball team as he pitched a four-hit shutout, struck out 10 and made it look easy on a blustery day en route to a 3-0 victory over the host Blue Springs South Jaguars.

“You give that young man all the credit today,” South coach Ben Baier said after his team failed to capitalize on an early scoring opportunity.

“Truman beat us just about any way you can beat a team. I was disappointed that we never made any adjustments at the plate. We talked about making adjustments the entire game, but I never saw anyone do it at the plate and that’s disappointing.”

The Jaguars got their first two batters on in the bottom of the first inning on an error and a walk, but O’Dell settled down to strike out the side.

“If a kid is ever going to get rattled, that’s where it’s going to happen,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “He gets off to the rough start and just goes out and takes care of business.

“That really impressed me. He’s a three-year varsity player and a senior. And he showed a lot of poise out there on the mound.”

There was some question as to whether O’Dell would come out for the seventh inning because he had thrown 75 pitches.

“Like I said, he’s a senior, he wanted the ball, and I gave it to him,” Eglich said after the Patriots improved to 2-0. “And he got the job done.”

After Jeffrey Lemberger singled, O’Dell coaxed the next batter to hit into a double play and the game ended on a ground out to third.

“My pitches were really moving a lot and my two-seam (fastball) and curve were really working – they were my out pitches,” O’Dell said after his first start of the season.

“The guys played great defense behind me, and we scored some runs. It was windy and cold out here, but you don’t think about that stuff when you’re pitching.”

Truman broke up a scoreless pitcher’s duel between O’Dell and South starter Gehrig Hudson by scoring two runs in the top of the third inning.

An infield error on a high pop fly led to one run as Josh Felz and Tyler Bodenstab collected RBI singles.

The third Truman run scored in the fifth inning when Brian Read raced home from third when South catcher Tanner Barnhard threw out a batter at first base on a third strike that bounded away from the plate.

“The infield error hurt,” Baird said. “The wind was blowing, but this is varsity baseball, and you have to make that play. We have a young catcher behind the plate, and the ball kind of got away. Those things are going to happen. It’s early, and we’re playing some tough non-conference games to get us ready for next week.”

Felz had two singles and walked, Bodenstab had two singles and an RBI and Tanner Burkett hit two doubles for the Patriots.  Austin Howard doubled for the 2-1 Jaguars. Hudson allowed two runs in four innings and took the loss.