West Platte baseball rolling through KCI play

West Platte recorded a walk-off 10-0 win in six innings against Lawson on Tuesday, April 21 in Weston, Mo., improving to 5-1 in KCI Conference play entering a Tuesday, April 28 rivalry matchup with North Platte. Result of that game was not available at The Citizen’s deadline. The Blue Jays have won three straight overall, two in league play, since a 7-5 loss at Lathrop. Clay Lambrecht walked and scored three times, and McKaulley Stephenson drove in five for West Platte in its showdown with Lawson (5-1 KCI). Stephenson and Peyton Morris both homered, and Luke Horseman also scored three runs.

Stephenson recorded the shutout, allowing only three hits and walking five on 119 pitches. He struck out nine.

West Platte 4, South Nodaway 2

The Bluejays scored three times in the third inning to keep the winning streak going on Wednesday, April 22 in Weston, Mo.

West Platte managed nine hits to go with two walks but stranded seven in the win. Guthrie’s three-run home run in the third put the Blue Jays ahead 3-1. Stephenson and Morris both doubled. Horseman pitched a complete, striking out nine while scattering nine hits — all singles — and a walk.

East Buchanan 9, North Platte 7

The Panthers dropped the second game of a KCI Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 21 at Dean Park in Dearborn, Mo. Both games were played on the same day due to a previous rainout, and North Platte played as visitors in the second game.

East Buchanan trailed 2-0 after the top of the first, 3-1 after the top of the second and 7-5 after the top of the fourth. However, the Bulldogs took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth and added insurance with a single tally in the seventh.

North Platte ended up with nine hits to the Bulldogs’ eight but were also hampered by a trio of errors. Garrette Lamar doubled for the Panthers and drove in one. Austin Shanks collected two RBIs.

East Buchanan won the opener 15-3 in five innings, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Lamar drove in two and Shanks the other in a three-run first for North Platte, which didn’t score again. The Panthers committed six errors, and East Buchanan scored its 15 runs in the first four innings while totaling only eight hits.

Lawson 13, North Platte 3

The Cardinals scored 10 in the second inning and secured the walkoff win with single runs in the fifth and sixth Thursday, April 23 in Lawson, Mo.

Shanks recorded a bases-clearing double in the top of the third to close North Platte within 11-3 and help extend the game, but the Panthers recorded only three hits total off of Zach Miller. Hunter Oliver also had a double.

North Platte dropped to 4-10, 1-7 KCI ahead of its matchup with West Platte.