LS North Broncos baseball players warming up

April 6, 2024

By Fred Liggett

The weather throughout the Kansas City area was no joke on Monday, April 1st leaving many spring sports teams canceling or postponing their events. A pair of teams impacted by Mother Nature was the baseball teams from Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North. After looking at Monday’s forecast both head coaches decided to postpone the game to Tuesday, April 2nd and move the game from LS North to the Tigers home field located at East Trails Middle School. Tigers coach Jim Mellody says “it was the right decision.”

Once the two teams took the field it didn’t take long for a score as the host Tigers scored in the first inning on the way to a 3-0 victory. Tigers starting pitcher Micah Patterson struck out six batters in his five scoreless innings of work. Two Tigers relievers combined to finish the shutout. An offensive highlight was junior Tate Martin’s triple. The win improved the Tigers record to 8-3 on the 2024 season. The visiting LS North Broncos fell to 5-7 with a home game against Park Hill the very next day.

Tigers’ Grant Sumrall at bat

The Tigers and Broncos are planning to flip their schedules so now it’s the Broncos who will host a rivalry game set for Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Leading up to the first meeting between the Tigers and Broncos Coach Mellody admits he “likes where our pitching is at so far this year.” Tigers pitching is being led by sophomore Micah Patterson who has beat Blue Springs, Blue Valley and now LS North this season. Coach Mellody called Tuesday’s game “a good outing.”

After winning seven out of the team’s first 10 games this season Coach Mellody says of the Tigers work so far “a good start.” On the home victory over the rival Broncos Coach Mellody feels “the kids responded and played well.” Beating the Broncos provided more than just bragging rights as Mellody calls a game against LS North a “double dip.” The game served as both a conference and a district game. The Tigers head to Jefferson City over the April 5-6 weekend to play four games over two days. The Tigers finally return home on Monday, Apr. 15 to host Park Hill South.