Smithville baseball earned a 4-1 win over Highway 92 rival Kearney Monday, May 10 at Kearney High School.
The Warriors built up a four-run lead through six innings. With two outs in the top of the first, senior Caleb Sanders hit a ground ball to center field as he earned a single and sent sophomore Ryker Edwards into home.
A fielding error by Kearney in the top of third put Edwards and senior Kyle Ruff in scoring position. Senior Brad Schram drove in both runners with a line drive to left field. Chester Brooks finished off the team’s scoring with a ground ball single in the top of the sixth to send home Sam Wornson.
Kearney earned its only run in the bottom of the seventh when W Kennedy scored a sacrifice grounder from Peyton Eise. The Warriors earned two more outs to cut off the comeback attempt. Sanders closed out a full game on the mound for Smithville, striking out three while allowing one run and three hits.
The Warriors clinched the Suburban Blue conference title with the win and hold a 22-6 regular season record that included a 19-game winning streak.
Kearney rebounded with a 12-1 win over Grandview to move back to .500 in the regular season with a 13-13 record.
Smithville will enter as the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Class 5 District 8 tournament, starting with a 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 quarterfinals matchup against East Kansas City at home. No. 3-seed Kearney will face Lincoln College Prep 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at Kearney High School.