The Lee’s Summit Hawthorn Bank Post 189 Outlaws slipped past the Lee’s Summit Pirates in a doubleheader June 12 at Legacy Park.
Both games had lead changes, but the Outlaws started out the first game with a run in the top of the second inning en route to their eventual 8-4 victory. They started things off with a triple from Herb Byers, but Pirates’ pitcher Josh Norris struck out the next two batters, Gaeton Gronberg and Blake Bruning.
Then Brian Conrow was hit by a pitch and Adam Jamerson smashed a single to send Byers home and give the Outlaws a 1-0 advantage.
The Outlaws didn’t stay ahead for long though as the Pirates fought back in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Saul Nunez hit a double, followed by a single from Jacob Stadler and Jackson McIntosh to load the bases. Travis Simonin hit a single next to send in Nunez and Stadler and put the Pirates up 2-1.
After another single from Cole Putthoff, Simonin was tagged out at second base, but not before McIntosh made it home and the Pirates led 3-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Outlaws retaliated, starting things off with a single by Bruning. Jamerson was hit by a pitch and with two outs, Dalton Woods whacked a double to send Bruning and Jamerson home, tying up the score at 3-3.
Seth Soto hit a double next to send Woods home and then Quentin Bradford smashed a single for a run by Soto and putting the Outlaws ahead 5-3.
The Outlaws kept up the pace in the top of the fifth inning with a single from Gronberg. Bruning was hit by a pitch and Brian Conrow was walked to load the bases. The Pirates relieved Norris on the mound with Stadler, but Jamerson hit a single for the Outlaws to send Gronberg home.
Brett Conrow hit a sacrifice fly ball next, allowing Bruning to score. Woods hit a single and then Soto singled to send Brian Conrow home, giving the Outlaws a comfortable 8-3 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Pirates tried to come back. With one out, McIntosh doubled. Simonin reached first base on an error next, allowing McIntosh to score and cut the lead to 8-4. But Putthoff’s fly ball was caught, as was Austin Buhr’s to end the game.
The Outlaws were led by Woods and Soto with two hits apiece. Brian Conrow and Brett Conrow both had one walk and Brandford and Jamerson both had two RBIs.
PJ Seufert threw all seven innings for the Outlaws, striking out four batters.
The Pirates were led by McIntosh with three hits. Blanton Spaar had one walk and Simonin had two RBIs.
Norris pitched for 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Stadler threw for three innings, striking out two batters.
The Outlaws battled past the Pirates in the second game 4-3 after eight innings. After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Pirates knotted the score in the top of the second. The score stayed tied until the top of the fifth inning, when the Pirates ran in two more scores to lead 3-1.
The Outlaws fought back with a run each in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score at 3-3, sending the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Outlaws scored to clinch the 4-3 victory.
The Outlaws were led by Bradford with two hits and one RBI. Bruning had two hits and Brian Conrow had two hits and one RBI. Soto had one walk.
Woods pitched for 4 1/3 innings for the Outlaws, striking out 12 batters. Soto threw for 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
The Pirates were led by pitcher Nunez, who threw for seven innings and had six strikeouts. Stadler had two RBIs.
With the two victories, the Outlaws move to 16-1, while the Pirates fall to 3-7.