Park Hill South opens baseball season 

Park Hill South dropped its Suburban Red Conference baseball opener to Liberty on Tuesday, March 26 in Liberty, Mo.

The Panthers (2-3, 0-1 Suburban Red) open their home slate against conference foe Staley at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. 

Then, Park Hill South travels to Bartlesville, Okla., for the Bruin Classic March 28-30. 

The Panthers are scheduled for four games against Oklahoma teams, starting with a pair of games versus Collinsville and Bartlesville on Thursday, March 28.


Park Hill South fell into a 3-0 deficit in the first inning of a nonconference doubleheader and never recovered against Blue Springs South on Saturday, March 23 in Blue Springs, Mo. 

The Jaguars went on to beat the Panthers 5-1 in the first game before coming from behind for a 6-5 Game 2 victory to secure the sweep.

In Game 1, Blue Springs South added runs in the second and fourth to carry a 5-0 lead all the way to the seventh. The Panthers scored their lone run in the seventh on a Mike Jones RBI single. 

Will Royster limited Park Hill South to zero runs on two hits across five innings for the pitching victory. He struck out four batters and walked three on 86 pitches. Ben Bryan pitched the final two innings, allowing one earned run on two hits.

Will Fricker was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs — two earned — on one hit and three walks for the Panthers. Matt Suchanick recorded two hits, a single and a double.


Blue Springs South pecked away little by little in the second game of the twinbill, tallying one run apiece in the first three innings before a two-run fourth and another single run in the sixth.

Park Hill South put up a four-spot in the second to take a 4-1 lead at the time. The Jaguars grabbed a 5-4 lead after the fourth before the Panthers knotted the score with one run in the fifth. 

But Blue Springs South had the final say with one run in the sixth for the eventual one-run victory.

Brock Ivy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead the Panthers at the plate. 

Zane Leiker allowed five earned runs off five hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. Dylan Owens surrendered one earned run on no hits and one walk in 1 ⅔ innings. Dylan Huft threw an inning of relief, allowing no runs on no hits and one walk. 

Quinton Robertson and Isiah Frost each had two hits and an RBI for the Jaguars.


The Panthers posted a dominating 10-0 run-rule victory on Friday, March 22 in North Kansas City, Mo. 

Park Hill South plated three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. The Panthers, who collected 11 hits, then added four runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the contest early. 

Three Panthers recorded two-hit games — Jackson Dixon, Ryan Owens and Jones. Dixon hit a double, and Jones and Hufft drove in a pair of runs. Max Pawela drove in three runs on a single.

Alex Foster earned the win after allowing no runs on two hits across three innings. He struck out six batters and walked two on 56 pitches. Matt Elmquist tossed the other two innings, yielding two hits and striking out one.


Park Hill South brought its bats in a season-opening victory over North Kansas City on Friday, March 22 in North Kansas City, Mo. 

The Panthers tallied 14 hits in the opener, scoring three runs in both the second and third innings for an early 6-0 lead. After a scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, Park Hill South piled on six more runs for a 12-0 lead.

The Hornets scored two runs in the sixth before Panthers pitcher Luke Boyd stopped any further bleeding for the run-rule win after six innings. Ethan Farrow got the win, tossing five innings of two-hit shutout ball. He recorded one strikeout and four walks.

At the plate, Jones and Sean Sparks enjoyed three-hit days for Park Hill South. Jones drove in a pair of runs, while Sparks had one to go along with a double. Three Panthers had two-hit performances — Dixon Suchanick, Alex Rodriguez and Dixon. 

Layne Campbell was tagged with the loss after yielding six earned runs on seven hits and two walks across three innings. He was replaced by Anian Nicolas, who allowed five earned runs on four hits in two innings. Raymond Tyner allowed one run on three hits in one inning.