Cummings delivers walk-off homer to seal win

Kobe Cummings delivered a walk-off home run for Platte County on Monday, April 9 at Platte County High School. 

The future Missouri Western Griffon lined a pitch over the right field pitch to invoke the mercy rule in an 11-1 win against Grandview.  

Things didn’t start as brightly for the Pirates, falling behind 1-0 after the top of the first inning. However the Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the inning and scored 11 unanswered runs in total to end the game. 

Trent Reuckert started the scoring for Platte County after he worked a one-out walk in the bottom of the first inning. He then stole second and scored on an RBI single from Dalton Reichers. Colby Sneed then was hit by a pitch and Christian Grissell doubled in both runners to give the Pirates a 3-1 edge. Ethan Esdohr scored the Pirates run in the fourth inning after coming in as a courtest runner after a Sneed double. He stole third and then scored after a dropped third strike led to a play at first base which allowed him to scamper home. 

The Pirates sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning to push their lead to 9-1. Reichers and Grissell each drove in runs in the inning. 

St. Joseph Central 13, Platte County 8

The Indians staved off a late Pirates rally with their own offensive outburst on Thursday, April 5 in St. Joseph, Mo. 

After Central scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, Platte County tied things up in the third inning with two of their own. The deadlock didn’t last long as Central batted around in the bottom of the frame to push their lead to 8-2.  The Pirates scored the next four runs to bring the deficit to 8-6 in the top of the sixth inning but another trip through the order provided the final score.

Trent Rueckert, Colby Sneed Chase James and Hunter Tongate drove in runs for the Pirates. 
 

 CODY THORN/Citizen photo Platte County’s Ethan Esdohr slides into third base on a steal attempt in the Pirates 11-1 win against Grandview on Monday, April 9 at Platte County High School. Esdohr was safe on the play and later scored one of the 11 runs for Platte County. 

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Platte County’s Ethan Esdohr slides into third base on a steal attempt in the Pirates 11-1 win against Grandview on Monday, April 9 at Platte County High School. Esdohr was safe on the play and later scored one of the 11 runs for Platte County.