Overland Park Starter Brandon Bell combined with relievers Parker Kirkpatrick and Easton Barnes to shut out Shawnee Mission West in an 8-0 Lawrence High baseball victory on Monday.
Shane Willoughby led the Lions (7-2) on offense, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two stolen bases. CJ Stuever added a home run, three RBIs and a stolen base.
“We were very aggressive at the plate and on the base paths, and I thought we were effective at striking first,” LHS coach Brad Stoll said. “Brandon kept pumping strikes and threw a lot of ground balls. ... I thought all three phases of the game we were really tough and played really good defense behind him.”
Lawrence High will open the River City Baseball Festival at 5:30 p.m., Thursday against Creighton Prep at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark.
Lawrence 131 030 0 — 8 11 1
SM West 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
W — Brandon Bell, 5-0. L — Banman.
LHS highlights: Shane Willoughby 4-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 SB; CJ Stuever 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB; Drew Green 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B; Kieran Severa SB; Bell, Parker Kirkpatrick, Easton Barnes combined for 0 R in 7 IP.