The Lee’s Summit Outlaws tuned up for the Wood Bat Invitational Tournament by taking two games against Post 499/Fike Monday in American Legion baseball play at Hidden Valley Park in Blue Springs.
Lee’s Summit started out the opener with back-to-back four-run innings and cruised to an 11-0 victory in five innings. Justin Root, who went two for four, sparked the Outlaws’ second-inning rally with a solo home run, and Gunnar Gronberg added a two-run homer during a three-run fourth inning. Jason Gonzalez went three for four, and Jeremy Root has two RBIs in the Outlaws’ 13-hit attack.
Pitchers Ryan Suholaski and Alex Fall combined on the shutout, holding Fike to three hits and a walk over five innings.
The Outlaws also struck early for a 7-1 victory in the nightcap. Fike took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Outlaws struck back for two runs in the second and four in the third to blow the game open.
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Grant Hill went two for three and drove in two runs, and Cade Ragland also had two RBIs for the Outlaws. Justin Root and Gronberg also had two hits apiece.
Outlaws starter Matthew Campbell picked up the victory by giving up only one run and three hits over five innings.
The sweep was the second straight for the Outlaws, who beat Sedalia Post 642 13-0 in five innings and 11-7 last Sunday at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
After the Outlaws struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 4-1 lead in the nightcap, Sedalia cut the lead to 4-3 with two runs in the second. The Outlaws responded with a run in the third and blew the game open with six runs on eight hits in the fourth.
Jaxson Hill went three for three and scored three runs and Jeremy Root went three for four and drove in two runs to lead the Outlaws’ 14-hit attack. Justin McEnroe finished two for three and scored three runs while Justin Root, Grant Hill and Cade Ragland also had two RBIs apiece.
In the opener, Lee’s Summit scored five runs on six hits in the second inning, including two-RBI singles by Oscar Medrano and Justin McEnroe, and five more on three hits in the fifth inning to take control. The Outlaws finished the game with 15 hits.
Justin Root drove in three runs, two of them with a second-inning double, and McEnroe also drove in three runs for the Outlaws. Medrano, Jeremy Root and Gunnar Gronberg drove in two runs each.
Talbot Buford and Medrano combined to pitch a shutout, holding Sedalia to three hits.
The Outlaws were 24-8 overall before opening play last Wednesday in the Wood Bat Tournament. The 25-team tournament continues through Sunday at Hidden Valley Park.