Working extra innings

syeagle@demo-mo.comApril 19, 2013 

It took 12 innings before Lee’s Summit West finally took down Raymore-Peculiar 2-1 in their second annual Blue Out April 13 at Lee’s Summit West.

“It was just one of those great baseball games where you had those great pitchers going at it and it just kept going on,” Raymore-Peculiar head baseball coach Gary Renshaw said. “It was a great pitchers dual. Both teams had some opportunities in the later innings and the other team just made some plays.”

The Titans scored first in the bottom of the first inning starting as Monte Harrison hit a double on an error with Logan Geha on third from a walk. Lange hit a sacrifice fly and Geha scored.

Lee’s Summit West kept the 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth inning. Raymore-Peculiar’s Austyn Cochran hit a single and with two outs, Turner Wehmeyer was walked. Cort Lesmeister was walked and Storm Rynard hit a single, sending Cochran home to tie the score at 1-1.

In the bottom of the 12th inning, Geha singled, with Dustin Spalding put in as a courtesy runner. After Jackson Schnurbusch flied out to center field, Harrison was walked. Then Lange hit a sacrifice fly ball, but not before Spalding scored, ending the game.

“We had a couple of opportunities, but we just couldn’t get that key drive in a run,” Renshaw said. “It was a great game. It was a real fun game to be a part of and to raise money for colon cancer.”

Rynard pitched eight innings for the Panthers, allowing three hits, one run, which was earned, three walks and struck out eight batters. Hunter Phillips picked up the loss, throwing for 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts.

Rynard and Evan Rathburn both had one hit, a double. Lesmeister had one hit and Cochran had one run and one hit.

With the loss, Raymore-Peculiar falls to 4-6 on the season. The Blue Out game is a fundraiser for colon cancer, with $750 raised to be donated to The Cancer Foundation.

“We doubled the money we raised last year, so it was very successful,” Renshaw said. “It was ran very, very well.”

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