Matt Suchanick pitched a 1-hit complete-game 1-0 shutout for Park Hill South against Liberty North on Monday, April 29 in Liberty.
The lone run in the Suburban Conference Red Division game came in the seventh inning. Sean Sparks drew a walk and Jackson Dixon followed with a double. Ryan Owens hit a sac fly to center field to bring home Sparks for the game-winning run.
The only hit Suchanick gave up was a single to Nate Chester in the third inning. He struck out four and needed 90 pitches to earn the win for Park Hill South (14-12).
Max Pawela broke the Park Hill South school record for doubles in a season in this game.
Platte County 2, St. Joseph Central 0
Dalton Riechers threw 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to help the Pirates win a non-divisional game on Monday, April 29 in Platte City.
The Benedictine signee gave up two hits and fanned six before being lifted in the seventh inning. Landon Fulk threw the final 2/3 of an inning for Platte County.
The Pirates got their first run in the second inning. Christian Grissell reached on a catcher’s interference and moved up when Dayton Mitchell walked. A grounder moved them up a base and Cade Fowler’s sac bunt brought home the first run.
Nolan Saale and Trent Rueckert singled in the fifth inning, setting up Riechers’ sac fly to center field.
Rueckert had two of Platte County’s four hits.
Liberty 15, Platte County 3
Blue Springs South 5, Platte County 2
In a doubleheader at Blue Springs South High School on Saturday, the Pirates dropped a pair of games against Suburban Conference teams.
Liberty scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to turn a 4-2 lead into a blowout win. Chayton Beck had a grand slam in the inning, while two Blue Jays scored twice in the fourth inning.
Dayton Mitchell drove in two of the Pirates’ three runs in the loss. Ethan Esdohr had an RBI double in the fifth for the final run of the contest.
Platte County used five pitchers in the loss, only one of which didn’t give up a run.
The Jaguars took the lead in the third inning and never trailed. Both of Platte County’s runs came in the fourth inning, which trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
Nolan Saale and Grant Allen provided the RBIs for Platte County. Colby Sneed had two of Platte County’s five hits.
Blue Springs South added insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Platte County 7, Raytown South 6
Colby Sneed drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to give the Pirates a come-from-behind win on Thursday, April 24 in Platte City.
The Cardinals led 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh of a Suburban Conference Blue Division game. Pinch hitter Landon Fulk drew a one-out walk and went to second on Dalton Riechers’ single. Ethan Esdohr doubled to right to bring home Fulk.
Riechers moved to third base and then scored on Sneed’s sac fly to right field that became a walk-off win for the Pirates.
Five of the seven runs for Platte County came in the final two innings against the Cardinals. In the three-run sixth inning, Glen Gammill had a two-run double and Cayden Davis singled home Gammill.
Dayton Mitchell had the Pirates’ other RBI, a single in the fourth inning. The center fielder also got the team’s first run, drawing a walk in the third and later scoring on an error.
Riechers, a Benedictine signee, threw the final inning to earn the win for the Pirates.
Park Hill South 3, Liberty 2
The Blue Jays forced extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh but the Panthers prevailed in nine innings on Wednesday, April 24 in Riverside.
Max Pawela’s third-inning sac fly was the only run. Ben Jones got a sac fly for Liberty in the top of the seventh. The visitors took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning on Drew Mackie’s RBI double. A leadoff triple by Sean Sparks set up Dylan Owens’ sac fly in the bottom of the eighth to keep the game going.
Alex Rodriguez doubled in the bottom of the ninth before a walk, sac bunt and another walk loaded the bases. With one out on the board, Ryan Owens hit a single to left field for the game winner.
Rodriguez and Ryan Owens each had two hits.
Ethan Farrow threw the final inning and earned the win.
Park Hill 2, Blue Springs South 0
Chandler Ashby whirled a complete-game shutout on Wednesday, April 24 during a game where Park Hill hosted a Mental Awareness Game at Park Hill High School.
The Crowder College signee struck out nine and gave up four hits in his seven-inning shutout. He needed only 84 pitches to buzz through the Jaguars in a Suburban Conference Gold Division contest.
Ashby retired the Jaguars in order in five of the seven innings— the exception was the first and fourth innings.
Park Hill scored single runs in the second and third innings for the only offense in the contest.
In the second inning, Trent Trammel and Zayne Morrow had back-to-back singles before South got two outs. Ryan Kiser delivered an RBI double to plate the first run.
Drew Townsend led off the third with a double and Carter Jensen provided a one-out RBI single to make it 2-0.
Staley 14, Park Hill South 4
The Falcons used a nine-run third inning to turn a 2-1 lead into a blowout on Monday, April 22 in a Suburban Conference Red Division game in Kansas City.
The visiting Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Max Pawela lead off with a single with Ryan Owens and Brock Ivy following with singles, the latter bringing home a run.
Staley answered with 12 straight runs to lock up the win. A bases-loaded walk and an RBI single by Tanner Hanke gave Staley the lead in the second. The big blow in the nine-run inning was a grand slam from Jake Wilson.
Park Hill South added a trio of runs in the fifth inning, but Staley’s two runs in the bottom of the fifth ended the game early on the mercy rule. Two of the runs for Park Hill South came on errors, while Ivy had an RBI single.
Park Hill South had five hits, two by Ivy. Staley pounded out 13 hits, led by Hanke’s three. The Falcons also took advantage of drawing 10 walks, three of which came with the bases loaded. Quinten Arello drew four walks, two of them forcing in runs.
Platte County 5, Kearney 1
A pair of two-run innings helped the Pirates beat a conference rival on Monday, April 22 in Kearney.
The Pirates scored two runs in the first to take a lead and two more in the fourth to add some cushion in a Suburban Conference Blue Division game.
Ethan Esdohr had an RBI single and Dalton Riechers scored on an error in the first to give Platte County a 2-0 lead. Kearney cut the deficit in half, but were held scoreless over the final six frames by Esdohr — who went 3 1/3 innings — and Grant Allen, who tossed the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the save.
Colby Sneed had a two-run double in the fourth inning for Platte County and Esdohr added his second RBI with another single in the fifth.
Riechers had three hits, while Esdohr had a pair.
Park Hill 11, Lee’s Summit North 3
The Trojans jumped out to a 7-0 lead and didn’t look back in a Suburban Conference Gold Division win on Monday, April 22 in Lee’s Summit.
Park Hill loaded the bases to open the second inning and Tyson Koch delivered a one-out, two-run single. Drew Townsend followed with a groundout that brought home a run before Corey Bradford doubled to bring home Koch.
The next inning, Joe Daneff (triple), Ryan Kiser (single) and Townsend (single) drove in runs.
Koch drove in a run on a double in the fifth. Blake Morrow singled home a run in the sixth and Bradford, a Maryville University signee, capped the scoring with a sac fly in the final inning.
Dodge City Community College signee Daneff had three hits, while Townsend, Bradford, Morrow and Koch all had two hits.
Will Stevens earned the win, fanning five and giving up one earned run in four innings. Sam Eblen earned the save throwing three innings of one-run relief.
Park Hill South: The Panthers will play six games over a seven-day span, which started with a home game against Lee’s Summit on Wednesday, May 1. On Thursday, the team hosts Blue Valley Southwest before playing at Truman on Friday, May 3. On Saturday, Park Hill South travels to Camdenton to play the Lakers and St. Elizabeth. The regular season wraps up on Monday, May 6 hosting St. Joseph Central.
Platte County: The Pirates will end the season with five conference games. Platte County hosts Winnetonka on May 6, while playing on the road on May 1 in Grain Valley, on May 3 in Grandview, in Smithville on May 7 and at Raytown South on May 8.
Park Hill: The Trojans will play four games between May 1-4. The Suburban Gold schedule wraps up Wednesday, May 1 hosting Blue Springs on senior night. On May 3, the Trojans travel to Lawrence, Kan., for a makeup game before going to Excelsior Springs on Saturday, May 4, playing the host Tigers and Maryville.