The Lee’s Summit Outlaws held off one rally and fell short in another.
The Outlaws opened play in the 30th annual American Legion Wood Bat Invitational Wednesday with a split. They hung on to edge the Ada (Okla.) Braves 5-4 and had a comeback fall just short in a 3-2 loss to St. Joseph Post 11 at Hidden Valley Park.
In their second game, the Outlaws scored one run in the first inning, three in the second and one in the fourth to grab a 5-0 lead.
But the Ada Braves made it close, scoring three runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh before the Outlaws escaped the jam to improve to 1-1 in Pool C play.
Jeremy Root went 6 2/3 innings and struck out five to claim the win for Lee’s Summit.
Jaxson Hill had two hits and Justin Hopson drove in two runs to lead the Outlaws offensively.
In the first game, St. Joseph Post 11 scored one run in the second inning and added two more in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
Jason Gonzalez and Zane Ragland each drove in runs in the sixth inning as the Outlaws cut the deficit to 3-2. Lee’s Summit, though, couldn’t get it tied in the seventh.
Gonzalez and Logan Adams each had two hits to lead the Outlaws.
Trevor Key went 3 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.