Kansas No. 1 ranked Class 6A baseball team, Blue Valley West, road tripped to Maize Kansas on Friday, returning home with a pair of wins over a pair of KBCA ranked ball teams.
In game one, future Neosho County player Evan Bourn picked up the win, giving up no earned runs and only allowing six hits. Bourn struck out eight while only walking one for a good start to his season over 5A 10th ranked Maize South
Five Jaguars recorded more than one hit, with three hole hitter Sam Daily leading the way, knocking in two runs while scoring two himself. Eight of the nine hitters recorded hits for Blue Valley West with Daily's triple and future Kansas University catcher Tanner Gragg recording a double. Leadoff hitter Sam Davis recorded a stolen base in the game.
A loaded Blue Valley had a little more trouble with third ranked Maize, but not until starter pitcher Ryan Ralston, another Kansas signee had reached his pitch count.
Blue Valley took advantage of ineffective pitching and a little sloppy defense in the first two innings to plate five runs, but could not get past third base the rest of the game.
A base hit off the bat of outfielder Cory Haught allowed the Eagles to plate one run, then Ralston let go with a wild pitch with a runner on third in the third for the 5-2 lead. Maize catcher Jacob Karst plated two more with a two run single in the fifth inning.
Ralston allowed just the two runs, striking out five while giving out three, free passes. Not satisfied with his pitching performance in game one, Bourn used his bat in the second game, recording three hits in four trips to the plate while scoring twice and knocking in two also. He even stole a base.
Others receiving multiple hits were Dan Reilly going 3-4, Daily, 2-4, and Ralston helped his cause out with two hits and two runs batted in.
The wins move Blue Valley West to 3-0 for the season, while Maize is now 1-1 and Maize South drops their opener. The two Maize teams are in action on Saturday as both will play St. James Academy at Maize South. Blue Valley West is in action on Tuesday against Blue Valley Northwest on the road.
Having pitched last Tuesday against Blue Valley Southwest in a 5-1 win, Nebraska signee Zach Engelkin did not take the mound and the team was without junior Vanderbilt commitment Conner Kaiser who is rehabbing an injury but is expected to return after April 10th.
Also check out Wichita Eagle's Scott Paske's online article on the game for more information at the above link.
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