Like most baseball coaches, Lee’s Summit West’s Jay Meyer doesn’t like to put too much stock in the first games of the season.
But as strong as the Titans have looked in the early going, he can’t help but be optimistic about what lies ahead.
“I don’t ever gauge too much on the first games,” Meyer said. “But the pitchers are starting to look more comfortable and the hitters are getting more comfortable at the plate.”
West’s comfort level – and early season dominance – showed April 1 when it run-ruled Lee’s Summit North 10-0 in five innings on its home field. The Titans used timely hitting, strong pitching and aggressive base running in winning for the fifth time in their first seven games.
“We got really good timely hitting, from executing the hit and run to taking the extra base,” Meyer said. “Everybody contributed.
“We were in charge the whole time and that was nice.”
West took charge with two runs in the first inning, and then put the game away with a six-run outburst in the fourth. Monte Harrison had the big blast with a two-RBI double, and he scored from second base on one of North’s three errors in the inning.
For North coach Jeff Diekmann, the Titans big fourth inning continued a disturbing early-season trend for the Broncos.
“It’s just been our one consistent problem throughout the year, having that one inning that just compounds itself,” Diekmann said. “Rather than give up two or three runs we give up a whole bunch more. We have our meltdown and then we try to come back from that.”
West starting pitcher Connor Lyon made sure North didn’t come back by throwing four shutout innings in his first start. Alex Lange relieved Lyon and blanked the Broncos in the fifth.
Harrison’s second RBI-double drove in the second of two West runs that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth. The Titans also got two hits and two RBIs from Logan Geha and Ryan Kahill scored two runs with two stolen bases.
After dropping its season opener, West won four of five games in the KC Metro Leadoff Tournament. This weekend the Titans will play in the Midwest Classic in suburban St. Louis before beginning conference play next week.
And Meyer expects the Titans’ good start to continue.
“In order to have confidence you have to have success,” Meyer said. “You want to see gradual improvement every day and with this group we’re getting that.”