Solid pitching, timely hitting carry Liberty Christian

By Kory Carpenter, Record Sports Editor
Posted 11/7/19

Liberty Christian’s Kameron Bagby ended an extra-innings stalemate against Plaza Heights Thursday, driving in Andrew Voss with a walk-off base hit in the ninth inning. The Eagles improved to 4-1 on …

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Liberty Christian’s Kameron Bagby ended an extra-innings stalemate against Plaza Heights Thursday, driving in Andrew Voss with a walk-off base hit in the ninth inning.

The Eagles improved to 4-1 on the season.

Liberty Christian took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Dakota Ball single, but Plaza Heights answered with two runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a Liberty Christian walk and error.

“After the seventh inning, I told my coaches that I felt this was a win no matter what,” Liberty Christian Head Coach Ron Dickson said after the 4-3 win.

Bagby got the start on the mound for the Eagles, striking out eight hitters in four innings while giving up two earned runs.

It was sophomore pitcher David Brumagin, however, who impressed the coaching staff the most.

Brumagin relieved Bagby in the fifth inning and gave up one earned-run in 4 1/3 innings of work.

“We gave the game ball to Brumagin after the win,” Dickson said. “We wanted to give him more innings last year, but injuries made that tough to do. He’s a raw talent, but I think he will continue to get better and help us out in the state tournament in Joplin.”

Dickson said his pitching staff would need to carry the team early in the season, especially as cold weather challenges hitters at the plate.

Heading into Thursday’s games, Bagby and sophomore Jake Pietzman were the top two starting pitchers.

Dickson had hoped to find a third — and potentially fourth — reliable starter, which made Brumagin’s relief appearance all the more exciting.

“We’ve got a few double-headers, so we could definitely see four starters out there this spring,” Dickson said.

Voss, a freshman, could become the fourth starter after a solid showing in practice last week, and Dickson doesn’t rule out the possibility of Brumagin becoming one of his top two starters down the road.

He admitted it was a good problem to have while he waits for the bats to heat up.

“We’re not taking quality swings all the time,” he said. “Dakota (Ball) has been a nice surprise so far, however.”

Ball went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles Thursday afternoon.

Liberty Christian took advantage of eight Plaza Heights errors to help the offense, and will look to score more runs when they host Families of Faith Christian Academy Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

5-1 this seasonSTRIKE THREE — Kameron Bagby strikes out a Plaza Heights hitter Thursday afternoon in Warrenton. Kory Carpenter photo.

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