Justin Root threw seven solid innings to lead the Lee’s Summit Outlaws to a 2-1 victory over Independence Post 21 in the first game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Crysler Stadium in Independence.
The Outlaws lost he nightcap 10-4.
Root held Post 21 to four hits and a walk while striking out seven in the first game. The only run he allowed came on an error.
Root got all the runs he needed in the fourth inning from RBI singles by Jason Gonzalez and Jeremy Root. Jeremy Root finished with two hits, as did Justin Root and Hayden Bradford.
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The Outlaws trailed 5-0 after three innings in the second game but pulled within a run after scoring two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Post 21 put the game away with a five-run rally in the sixth inning.
Cade Ragland went two for three and drove in two runs in the second game, while Gunnar Gronberg and Jeremy Root also had RBIs.
The Outlaws, 20-8 after the split, came into the Post 21 doubleheader off a sweep of Waverly June 22 at Legacy Park. Lee’s Summit won the first game 11-0 in five innings and took the second one 13-1, also in five innings.
Jeremy Root held Waverly to one hit and one walk in winning the first game. Root also drove in four runs, while Justin McEnroe and Oscar Medrano drove in two runs apiece.
Talbot Buford also tossed a one-hitter for the Outlaws in the second game, striking out 11 over five innings. Justin Root drove in three runs and Grant Hill went three for three with two doubles and two RBIs.
The Outlaws will take part next week in the 29th annual Wood Bat Invitational Tournament at Hidden Valley Park in Blue Springs.