Austin Reader...fields the ball cleanly and throws to Austin Nibarger at first base to record the out in the fourth. Reader allowed no runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking three to improve to 3-0 on the season. photo by Kory Hales
OG shuts out Pleasant Hill
Oak Grove scored runs against Pleasant Hill in three different innings April 8, but the seven-run second was the biggie in the 9-0 win.
Both teams had base runners in the first inning but left them stranded. In the top of the second, Pleasant Hill looked poised to take an early lead but could not plate the first run of the game despite loading the bases with no outs.
Austin Nibarger led off the bottom of the second with a double to the gap in right. Aaron Graham moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt to the first baseman. Nibarger scored moments later when Austin Reader singled to center to make it 1-0. Josh Lewis courtesy ran for Reader and scored later in the inning on Pleasant Hill's second error of the day. A pair of mental errors allowed Dakota Hearn and Tanner Johnson to score on separate plays. Leading 4-0 and with the bags full, Nibarger stepped back in the box again and delivered a two-run single to right to score Drew Phillips and Tony Phillips.
Roosters saw enough of Blake Beagle on the mound and brought in Wes Boehm, but the Panthers managed to get one more run across before Boehm got out of the inning. That run came on Graham's infield hit to short that allowed Jake Hendrix, who was courtesy running for Jake Kienzler, to run home.
Oak Grove tacked on run number eight in the bottom of the fifth when the Roosters were called for obstruction during a play in which Graham was caught in a pickle between third and home. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Bryce Mercer wins
Oak Grove, Odessa and Harrisonville met at Adams Pointe April 8 for an MRVC West triangular. Harrisonville took top honors with a 181 team score. Bulldogs shot 199 to finish second. Panthers combined for 210 in third.
Bryce Mercer edged Harrisonville's Nick Johnson for the medal. Mercer shot seven-over 43 to finish one shot ahead of Johnson. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers go 3-1 at West Central Tournament
Oak Grove played four games over a four-day span last week at the West Central Missouri Baseball Tournament. Panthers won all three of their pool games to claim the Red Pool championship. Their fourth game randomly pitted them against Boonville, who won the White Pool.
Panthers did not have any problems with the Eagles April 9 in Warrensburg.
"This was a really good high school baseball game until we were able to put up six runs in the fourth to turn a 1-0 game into a 7-0 game," said head coach Kirk Sears. "Skyler Jackson did a nice job of pounding the zone as he threw only 50 pitches in his five innings of work. Our guys came out in the fifth inning with the mindset of ending the game early tonight and came through."
Panthers loaded the bases in the fourth with a walk and two singles. Austin Reader's bases-loaded walk allowed Jake Kienzler to trot home for the first run of the inning. Lucas Schnelle's two-RBI single was the big hit of the inning and sent the Panthers on their way.
Jackson allowed only two hits to pick up his first career varsity win. He struck out five.
Panthers played two games April 10 and got the night started with a hard-earned win over the Tigers. Dakota Hearn's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth broke the 3-3 tie. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Soccer team blanked by Harrisonville
With four starters missing from the line-up and tired legs, Oak Grove soccer team could not keep pace with Harrisonville April 8 in an 8-0 loss.
"We battled hard, but they are a good team that is playing very well at the moment," said head coach Michael Brown. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Pirates sink soccer team
Oak Grove's struggles to find the back of the net continued April 10 with a 4-0 loss to the visiting Boonville Lady Pirates. The loss was Oak Grove's fifth straight. In that span the Lady Panthers have only scored two goals and have been shut out three times.
"We were exhausted after a long week, and the girls played as best as they could," head coach Michael Brown said. "They kept the game close for the first half, but our three-game week finally caught up to us in the second half." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Golf team places a close second
Oak Grove welcomed Grain Valley and Knob Noster to Adams Pointe April 10. Panthers turned in a 200 to place second behind Grain Valley's 192. Knob Noster shot 265 to finish a distant third in the tri.
Bryce Mercer's 42, six-over, earned him the medal. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers place 12th at Grain Valley Invitational
The golf course at Adams Pointe was the proving ground for 14 teams April 7 in the Grain Valley Invitational. Warrensburg easily won the tournament with a 312. Christ Prep shot 329 in second. Marshall's 331 completed the top three. Panthers combined for a 413 to finish 12th.
Bryce Mercer finished his round with an 89 which tied him with Grain Valley's Cameron Skinner for 24th. Quin Bunyar tied Luke Holden of Harrisonville for 27th with a 91. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.