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Outlaws reach semifinals in South Dakota tournament

The Lee’s Summit Outlaws won three of five games and reached the semifinals of the Renner Post 307 Invitational Tournament last weekend in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Outlaws were 4-1 in pool play before losing to the host Renner Royals 1-0 Sunday in the semifinals. Renner only had four hits off Outlaws starter Justin Root, and its only run came on a home run in the first inning.

Root struck out eight and walked one over six innings, but the Outlaws were also held to three hits.

Lee’s Summit began the tournament with 4-2 loss to Lincoln (Neb.) Pius Friday in pool play. The Outlaws led 1-0 after an RBI single by Root in the top of the first inning, but Lincoln, which went to win the tournament championship, responded with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second.

Hayden Bradford drove in a run in the fourth inning for the Outlaws, who saw an eight-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

The Outlaws bounced back to win three games Saturday, starting with a 7-0 victory over Brookings, S.D. Talbot Buford and Oscar Medrano combined for the shutout, with Buford striking out nine while giving up two hits and four walks over six innings. Bradford went three for four and Grant Hill sparked a five-run first inning with a two-RBI double.

A four-run sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie in the Outlaws’ next game, a 5-2 victory over Harrisburg, S.D. Gunnar Gronberg went three for three with two RBIs, and Justin Root also went three for three with an RBI-triple that started the scoring in the sixth.

The Outlaws won 7-1 in a second game against Harrisburg, with Gronberg and Justin McEnroe both getting two hits and driving in two runs. Jeremy Root picked up the win by holding Harrisburg to one run and two walks while striking out six over six innings.

Lee’s Summit stood 17-5 before resuming American Legion Zone 2 play with a double header against Rod’s A’s Tuesday at Hidden Valley Park in Blue Springs.