Smithville baseball clinches Suburban Blue conference title

Smithville senior Brad Schram looks on during a baseball game Friday, May 7 at Smithville High School.

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.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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