In game that seemed like it would never end according to Blue Springs baseball coach Tim McElligott, catcher Caleb Marquez was the hero.
He hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th to propel the Wildcats to a 3-2 Suburban Big Seven victory over Lee’s Summit West Monday.
Blue Springs (10-7, 3-1 league) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 2-1 lead but West tied it in the top of the seventh.
The teams remained scoreless again until Marquez’s blast decided it in the 14th.
“I thought it would never end,” McElligott said. “It was like the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’ It is the longest game I have ever been apart of in my 20 years at Blue Springs or 24 years coaching high school baseball. Great conference win for us against a well coached Lee’s Summit West team. Very proud of our kids for battling for almost 4 hours.”
Nick Brandner picked up the win in relief as he tossed seven innings. Max Gibler started the game for the Wildcats and gave up five hits and two runs.
Jake Lufft paced the offense with a single, double and a home run. Marquez added a single to his day and Garrett McGowan had two singles.
On Saturday, Blue Springs split a pair of games, beating Raymore-Peculiar 3-1 after falling 8-4 to Rockhurst.
The Wildcats took a 4-3 lead in the third inning before Rockhurst scored five unanswered runs.
Matt Smith took the loss. Logan McKay and Peyton Smith both had two singles and Lufft had a double and triple.
“Needed to keep applying pressure to Rock,” McElligott said. “This is a game we should have won.”
Lufft was the winning pitcher, allowing just five hits in a complete-game effort, and McKay had an RBI single in the third to lift the Wildcats against Ray-Pec.
“Jake was good and we played good defense behind him,” McElligott said.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 13, BELTON 3: Blue Springs South had an offensive explosion and it led to a five-inning win in pool play in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Monday at Legacy Park.
Andrew Simms was the winning pitcher, going all five innings while scattering six hits, striking out two and walking one.
Derek Mammen was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Cale Sackewitz was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs, Will Heller had a double and two RBIs and Jared Ravencamp was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
"I thought we did a good job tonight,” said South coach Ben Baier, whose team improved to 7-8. “We did not give up at bats and played good team defense, which is what you have to do on a daily basis at the varsity level. We were solid on the bump as well, which allowed us to get the tournament started on a positive note.”
TRUMAN 12, RAYTOWN 8: Truman erupted for five runs in the fourth for a 10-5 lead and held on to top Raytown in a pool play game in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament Monday at Legacy Park.
Josh Cruz hit a three-run double, Joe Oswald had a hit and two RBIs and Nathan Camby, Josh Patrick and Gehrig Bristow each added two hits to help power the Patriots (3-11).
Bristow earned the victory, allowing five runs in four innings.
OAK GROVE 8, RICHMOND 2: Oak Grove got a nice mix of pitching and defense in a non-conference win over Richmond Monday.
Jacob Pavilica got the win and only gave up three hits and no runs and he struck out five in five innings.
Devon Hudson was 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs and Pavlica was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Oak Grove (7-6).