Not making routine plays in the field continued to make things hard on the Smith-Cotton Tiger baseball team.
S-C committed five errors and failed to retire the Lee’s Summit Tigers in order one time in an 11-1, five-inning, non-conference loss to the visiting Tigers Thursday night at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium.
S-C head coach Jeff Mays put together another new defensive look for the game but it didn’t seem to matter, S-C continued to give their oponnts more than three outs an inning like they have done several times this season.
Lee’s Summit scored three runs in the first Travis Somonin singled, S-C starter Tyler Slawson walked Austin Burr and Justin Givens singled in a run to put Lee’s Summit on the board 1-0.
One out later, Jordan Knutson reached on a two base error as two more Lee’s Summit batters crossed the plate.
Slawson walked to lead off the first inning for S-C but was wiped out on a 6-4-3 double play grounder by Chance McMullen and S-C trailed 3-0 after one inning.
Lee’s Summit scored another run in the third. Jake Fromson singled in Jackson McCintosh in the Lee’s Summit third to put the visiting Tigers up 4-0.
S-C got its only run in the bottom of the third. Catcher Dalton Martin dumped a bloop single into shallow right. Courtesy runner Ian Hart took second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Charles Chadwick to get S-C within 4-1.
Lee’s Summit put the game out of reach with four runs in the fourth three on a bases-loaded triple by McCintosh to take an 8-1 lead.
Mason McCown came to the hill in relief of Slawson to start the Lee’s Summit fifth. Givens drove in two runs with a double and Knutson got the final run home with a bad-hop single that smacked S-C shortstop Luke Archibeque on the right earm opening up a small cut.
Fromson came on in place of Lee’s Summit senior starter Josh Norris to start the S-C fifth. .He retired S-C in order with two strikeouts to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Norris, who got the win, went four innings, allowed one earned run, two hits, struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.
Slawson pitched four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) and six hits. McCown allowed three runs and three hits.
McCintosh went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and scored twice for Lee’s Summit. Givens went 2-for-3 with an RB and scored a run.
S-C fell to 4-11 on the season and traveled to Kansas City Friday for a West Central Conference game at O’Hara. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.