Fike/Post 499 of Blue Springs, Mo., climbed into the driver’s seat of Pool B in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic on Thursday night at Cooper Park.
Fike responded to a four-run Benton rally with six runs of its own in the top of the seventh inning to post a 13-5 victory over Everett GMC in pool play on Lester White Field.
Benton put together four runs on four hits against Blue Springs’ bull pen in the sixth inning, climbing within 7-5. Colton Lane, Estevan Padilla, Austin Sheridan and Brinson Cornwell all scored runs for Benton, and Cornwell, Rookie McDade and Jack Jumpers all drove them in for Everett GMC.
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Fike shook off the rally and went to work in the top of the seventh. Derek Case and Blake Roberts each reached on errors, and with one out, Case scored on a groundout by Sawyer Warren.
Fike went on to score five more with two outs. Zack Ehlen walked, and Nic Mertes drove in a pair with a double to left-center field to make it 10-5. Mertes scored on a single by Cale Benson, and after Ethan Childress reached on the third error of the inning, Nate Pecota drove in two runs with a base hit to left field to stretch the lead to 13-5.
Tanner Lucas earned the victory for Fike, allowing six hits and one earned run, while striking out three through five innings.
McDade took the loss for Benton on the mound, despite allowing just one hit and two earned runs over four innings, while striking out three.
Blue Springs did not have a hit until the third inning, but finally broke through against Benton pitcher Rookie McDade in the top of the inning. Garrett Morrow was hit by a pitch and Warren reached on an error with one out for Fike.
Zack Ehlen followed with a double over the head of the right-fielder, bringing home Morrow. The ball got past the catcher, allowing Warren to score as well. Ehlen took third on the error, and he came home on a groundout by Mertes to make it 3-0.
Benton escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the fourth, and the Everett GMC team got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Lane singled, and after two hit-by-pitches, scored on a groundout.
Blue Springs plated three in the fifth to push its lead to 6-1. Benson scored on a groundout by Pecota, Childress also scored on a groundout, and Case crossed on a passed ball as Fike scored three on just two hits in the inning.
Eureka, Mo., Post 177 jumped out to a 3-1 lead and earned its first Pool B victory with a win over the McDonald’s Big Macs.
Harrison’s Adam Brown doubled home a run in the first inning, but Eureka plated three in the bottom half to take the lead for good. Andrew Bujnak and Mike Williams each had RBI hits in the inning for Post 177.
Sean Markley scored a run on an error in the second to push the Eureka lead to 4-1. Each team scored a run in the third, and Eureka stretched its lead to 7-2 with two more in the fourth as Garret Witte and Josh Cliver each scored runs.
Trailing 8-2, Harrison scored three in the sixth, but could not rally any closer.
Harrison will play Benton at 11 a.m. Friday, while Eureka will face Blue Springs at 5:30 p.m.
Pontotoc, Miss. 12,
Desoto, Mo. 0, 3 in.
The Red Sox received three two-hit innings from Reid Carter on the mound, and Tyreque Reed and Anthony Lipsey each blasted home runs in a cross-pool game.
Pontotoc scored one run in the first and two in the second before exploding for nine in the third. Reed led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer, and Lipsey added his later in the frame.
Carter struck out four and did not allow a runner to advance past second base in the shortened game.
Pontotoc improved to 2-0 in pool play. The Red Sox rolled to a 12-1 win over Batesville on Wednesday, with Delvin Zinn – a 28th-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday – going 3 for 4 with three runs scored.
Hollister, Mo. 1, 6 in.
The Highwaymen scored in every inning and picked up their first win of the tournament.
Each team scored a run in the first, but Batesville scored a pair in the second without a hit. An error and a walk scored on a groundout and a sacrifice fly, respectively, as the Highwaymen took a 3-1 lead.
Logan Holman drove in Tristan Tate with a base hit in the third for a 4-1 lead. Batesville added three more in the fourth as Tyson Durham, Wil Freiert, Heath Fortson, Tate and Ronnie Jeffrey all had hits.
Jesse Sampley cruised to the victory on the mound, striking out nine and allowing just two hits over five innings. Sampley doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth for an 8-1 lead. Fortson doubled and scored on a base hit by Tate in the sixth to end the game.
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2015 Twin Lakes Classic
at Cooper Park
Rogersville, Mo. 11, Hollister, Mo. 4
Blue Springs, Mo. 9, Harrison 2
Benton 3, Eureka, Mo. 2
Pontotoc, Miss. 12, Batesville 1
MH Lockeroom 9, Desoto, Mo. 1
Pontotoc, Miss. 12, Desoto, Mo. 0
Batesville 9, Hollister, Mo. 1
Eureka, Mo. 8, Harrison 5
Blue Springs, Mo. 13, Benton 5
Rogersville, Mo. 9, MH Lockeroom 6
Benton vs. Harrison…11 a.m.
Desoto, Mo. vs. Batesville…1:15 p.m.
Pontotoc, Miss. vs. Rogersville, Mo.…3:30 p.m.
Eureka, Mo. vs. Blue Springs, Mo.…5:30 p.m.
MH Lockeroom vs. Hollister, Mo.…7:30 p.m.