West Platte made quick work of visiting North Andrew in a non-conference game on Friday, April 12 at Benner Park.
The Bluejays scored three runs in the first inning and then a seven-run second inning allowed them to all but put away the Cardinals. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning on the mercy rule.
Wyatt Kleman had a two-run single in the first and another run came home on an error to stake West Platte, which snapped a two-game losing streak, to an early lead.
North Andrew got its lone run in the top of the second, before West Platte (5-3) answered with 12 unanswered runs.
The seven-run second featured a three-run double by Dublin Carnahan to center field. Luke Hilie had an RBI single and RBI bases-loaded walk in the frame. Hunter Hendricks (walk) and Jasper Basel (single) also drove in runs during the inning.
Basel tripled home a run and stole home later in the third inning to account for both runs.
Gavin Davis had the last RBI hit for West Platte in the fourth, while Trent Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk for the final run.
West Platte scored 15 runs on eight hits, two by Basel.
Nathan Plummer earned the win, fanning five in five innings for West Platte.
Lathrop 26, North Platte 7
In a football-like score, the Panthers got behind 15-1 and never recovered in a loss on Thursday, April 11 in Dearborn.
The Panthers (3-6) did get five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the game two more innings but ultimately dropped a third straight game.
In that inning, Caine Huffman singled, stole second and scored on Blake Gibson’s RBI single. With two outs, Dayne Carpenter drove in two runs on a single, before Andrew Hernandez and Huffman drew bases-loaded walks.
Kaleb Pendlay had an RBI single, while a run came home on a double play in the bottom of the fifth.
The contest featured a total of 30 hits, 11 by North Platte. Joel Smyser had three, while Pendlay and Gibson had two.
Quinton Wolfe drove in five runs and had three hits for Lathrop (9-2), while Ben Williams had three hits and four RBI.
East Buchanan 5, West Platte 0
The scoreless streak reached 13 innings for the Bluejays in a league loss on Thursday, April 11 at Benner Park.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first and added three more in the fifth for the runs in the contest.
East Buchanan scored two runs on passed balls in the first and Blake Antle had a two-run, two-out single in the fifth. Drew Thompson also added an RBI single.
The Bluejays had runners on second and third in the third but a double play stopped the scoring chance.
In the final inning, Philip Pattison had a one-out double but never moved past second base.
West Platte had four hits, but no one had more than one.
Lathrop 10, West Platte 0
Each team had eight hits, but the Mules made the most out of theirs in league win on Tuesday, April 9 at home.
Lathrop scored three runs in the first and tacked on four more in the third to take command against the Bluejays. Lathrop added two in the bottom of the sixth to end the contest on the mercy rule.
All three runs in the first came on an error, while Ben Williams doubled home a pair of runs in the third. Two errors by West Platte led to two other runs, including an ‘inside-the-park’ jaunt by Blake Gordon to open the frame.
Trevin Stringer had an RBI double in the top of the sixth to account for the lone West Platte run.
Stringer and Jasper Basel had two hits each for West Platte. Stringer gave up seven runs, but none earned, in 2 2/3 innings, while Nathan Plummer and Luke Heili also pitched.
The Bluejays had runners in scoring position in the first, second, third and fifth innings but came up empty.
Mid-Buchanan 14, North Platte 4
The Dragons scored multiple runs in three different innings to pick up a KCI Conference win on Tuesday, April 9 in Dearborn.
North Platte led 1-0 in the first inning and then pulled within 3-2 in the third inning but a six-run fourth helped Mid-Buchanan pull away.
Kaleb Pendlay’s RBI double gave North Platte its only lead in the first inning and Mid-Buchanan took the lead with two out of the three runs in the second coming on errors – North Platte committed six in the loss.
Blake Gibson stole home for North Platte in the third inning, which made it 3-2, but a potential tying run was thrown out later in the inning. Gibson scored again in the fifth inning when Jesse Martin hit an RBI single.
Caine Huffman’s RBI single in the sixth accounted for the final run.
Mid-Buchanan had 12 hits and 11 RBI — three by Dustin Biggs and Hunter Lawhon, who had two doubles.
Andrew Hernandez went 3-for-3 for North Platte and stole three bases. Gibson and Pendlay each had pair of hits, a double each, while Pendlay stole two bases.