Blue Springs Elks: Welcome

Monday, July 14


Welcome to the Internet Home of the Blue Springs Elks! 


 And they all lived happily ever after...


Well, now on to bigger things, but it's gonna be hard pressed to be much better!!

While the season, and the Elks careers, for this group of boys ended with a bit of a thud after taking an exciting game from the Prospects on Saturday afternoon, there is no taking away from the fun and success the boys had this season, finishing 44-8-1, with 5 tourney titles and a Global State Championship.

I think I speak for all the parents in saying how appreciative we are of the time put in by Coach Lance and Coach Mike, not only teaching the boys about the game, but about how to approach the game and life respectfully and doing things the right way.

There is no way to overstate how special this entire experience was, from the help we got from the Elks Lodge in Blue Springs, to the tireless hours put in throwing batting practice and hitting ground balls, especially appreciated by those of us with broken down arms! Thank you goes out to Coach Tony, our favorite team doctor, and Coach Jeff, our favorite team patient! Not going unnoticed, either, was the rubber-arms of Tom Lufft and Colby Horn whose ability to throw long and effective batting practice surely paid big dividends to our hitters.

Off the field, our parents came through like none other! Getting the boys where they needed to be, when they needed to be there, and fundraising at the fireworks tent, or spending their best/worst day of their lives popping beer tabs at Rockfest, rustling up poker players and making food for the tournament, pushing and selling raffle tickets that helped us get to Cooperstown a little bit lighter in the wallet. These efforts not only helped the Elks play like champions, but dress like ones, too!

Since the fall of 2011, the Elks amassed a total of 207 victories with only 40 losses, all while playing at the highest levels of competition for their age group. I hope everyone takes time to think about how lucky we were to be a part of an organization such as the Elks provided and we look forward to hearing about the endeavors of all of our past teammates, whether it be on the diamond, the court, the field, or academia and other interests! While this website may not continue much longer (it is a paid service!), we will certainly keep our Elks Facebook page up and running, so please keep us up to date there, and feel free to share any memories or photos, too, as the years go by!


Sizzling Summer Sizzler Champs!

 The Elks came out swinging this weekend, and led by Jake's 5 home runs and Garrett's 4 homers, the Elks hit 12 homers in total going 5-0 in the tournament at Legacy, capturing the Summer Sizzler title with a 14-4 win over the MacNSeitz Indians. Jake had a monstrous championship game, belting a pair of 3-run homers and ending matters with a walk-off grand slam late ending the game early.

Your Stat of the Week: Jake had 10 RBIs in the championship game, the same number of runs the Elks pitching and defense allowed total in the five games played in the tournament.

 You can read the GameChanger produced stories for each game by clicking the games on the scoreboard above.

Triple Crown Summer Sizzler Weekend - Let's Come Hungry!


 Brackets are now out for the Summer Sizzler at Legacy Park, as this version of the Elks counts down their final days together. Looks like just a slight chance of some rain, but temperature-wise, it looks to be perfect baseball weather!

The schedule will allow everyone to enjoy the 4th of July with their families and friends, as we will not play until a Saturday doubleheader that will begin at 1:30 on Field 4. We should plan on arriving at the cages by 12:30 to get some cuts in before heading to the field.

We will play the KC Elite Blue, once again, in game one and then take on the 68 Inside Sports Cavaliers out of the Olathe area.

All 8 teams will advance to Sunday's bracket play with the 1-2-7-8 seeds squaring off at 9:00 a.m., and the 3-4-5-6 seeds beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Uniform Assignments:  Saturday: White Jersey, Gray Pants, Gray Caps, Blue Belt

Gray Caps, Blue Belt Sunday: Red Jersey, White Thin Stripe Pants, White Caps, Blue Belt


A Nod to Coach Mike!

Despite Power Outage, Elks Escape with TOC Championship 


 Playing in Topeka for the first time at the beautiful Bettis Family Sports Complex, the Elks offense was a bit quieter than normal during the wood bat tournament. But the usual stellar pitching and solid defensive play once again held form and the Elks finished the tourney 4-0 and came home with one big trophy!

Just two more weekends remain for this group of Elks to play together, so let's finish this right! It was a lot of fun in Topeka this weekend for the parents, too, notwithstanding Lisa Lufft's unfortunate and surely harrowing elevator experience. Thankfully, Tom was right there for some speedy action in orchestrating the rescue operation.

For game recaps, please see the GameChanger recaps in the scoreboard above and all of my photos will be at our Facebook site soon! (There will be a lot since they'll be going up mostly unedited and without many deletions; too tired!)

Elks Travel to Topeka for a Wood Bat Tourney

 Brackets are available for this weekends Saturday/Sunday tournament in Topeka. We will wear usual Saturday and Sunday uniform assignments. We play our pool play games at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturday. Let's plan to be at the fields by 9:00 am to get the boys loose and ready!

Don't forget, either, that we will be having a Parent's Night out at the West Ridge Family Fun Center on Saturday night! Hope everyone is ready to have a good time!!



Elks Settle for 2nd in State Championship


 Well, the streak had to end sometime, I guess. The Elks took an incredible 17 game win streak into the MO/kan State Championship game against the BC KC Rawlings Prospects, but came up short settling for a runner-up spot in what was a very deep tournament.

It was a great weekend for the Elks in which everyone contributed, especially with great pitching from the entire staff, who only gave up 6 total runs in the five pool play and bracket play games before the championship game. Individually, Jake deserves special mention for a monstrous weekend at the plate with four home runs and driving in 13 runs over the weekend.

The game of the tournament, however, featured some heroics from other contributors, as the state semifinal game against the Kansas RedLegs, the best team in the state of Kansas, was an instant classic.


Following a stellar start, as usual, from Dustin, who hurled 6 shutout innings, scattering four hits and only two walks with six strikeouts, Garrett came in for relief in a scoreless game in the bottom of the 7th, the RedLegs needing just a single tally to steal another game away from the Elks.

After giving up a leadoff double followed by an intentional walk, the Elks were needing to bear down if they wanted a shot in the title game. A failed sacrifice attempt later turned into a strikeout, following an intentional walk. A hit batter loaded them up, but a strikeout quickly followed. The Elks still needed to get an out, and Garrett decided to make it fun for everybody by running the count to 3-2, where a walk or hit would win it, and an out would give the Elks another chance. With the Elks faithful holding their breath, Garrett coaxed a fly ball to center, and with Ray in center, it's about automatic and the Elks and RedLegs fought on. Both teams went down in order in the 8th and the Elks went 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th.

In the bottom of the 9th the RedLegs got a leadoff single, before a fielder's choiceout was followed by a double to the fence in left that had a RedLegs runner racing for the plate with the potential game winning run as the RedLegs sideline celebrated. The Elks had something else in mind. Liam hustled to the fence and turned and threw to Dustin in mid-left field. Dustin turned and heaved a fastball from about 200 feet away right to Caleb at the plate who snagged it and brought the tag down on the sliding RedLegs runner for out number two. After another intentional walk and an error, Garrett again worked out of the rest of the jamon a foul pop up gathered in by TJ to send this one to the 10th inning.

With one out, Liam reached on a fielding error by the 2nd baseman. TJ was up next and pulled a 1-0 pitch towards the hole only to have the RedLegs third baseman make a diving stop and throw to first; however, a hustling Liam rounded 2nd hard as he came up to throw out TJ and scrambled all the way to third with two outs and Ross strolling to the plate looking to get the Elks on the board.

Taking strike one, Ross took two more balls, and then took a 2-1 fastball right back up the box with a huge basehit to give the Elks a 1-0 lead they'd take to the bottom of the 10th.

It was up to Brett to nail down the save as Garrett had exhausted his innings for the weekend, and he did just that working a clean inning, ending with a nice sliding catch from Liam in right that sent the Elks to the title game a bit exhausted but exhiliarated, none the less, just like their supporters!

You can read recaps from all of Sunday's action on our GameChanger site by clicking the games in the scoreboard above.


Elks Survive in 9 innings 


Garrett slides in safely on a steal of second 


 The Elks survived a well-played and well-pitched Game 3 of pool play to grab a 3 seed for Sunday's bracket play of the MO/kan State Championships. Caleb, Dustin, Jake, and Garrett all combined to keep Storm baseball at bay, until Jake and Garrett hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the 9th to give the Elks and their parents the rest of the day off! See you all back at Field 6 at 8:15 Sunday morning for the quarterfinals. 

Garrett Presko's double gives Blue Springs Elks 14U walk-off win over Storm Baseball, 4-3

Garrett Presko's walk-off double off of Henley boosted Blue Springs Elks 14U to a 4-3 win over Storm Baseball at Fountain Bluff - Field eight on Saturday.

Garrett reached base three times. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He doubled in the ninth inning.

Jake Lufft shut down Storm Baseball while he was on the rubber. Jake held Storm Baseball hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out five.

Garrett got the win in relief for Blue Springs Elks 14U. Garrett pitched one inning and allowed no runs. Henley ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed one run.

The top of the first saw Storm Baseball take an early lead, 2-0. Storm Baseball's rally started when Cobb doubled. A single by Dougan then moved Cobb from second to third. More runs came home for Storm Baseball when Henley scored on a groundout by Howard.

Blue Springs Elks 14U got one-run rallies in the second inning and the ninth. In the second, Blue Springs Elks 14U scored on an RBI single by Liam Henry, plating Garrett.  


Jake's Big Day Highlights State Openers


Jake homered three times in a pair of pool play victories as the Elks try to grab one of the top seeds for State Championship Sunday. Brett picked up the victory in the 6-2 win over KC Elite Blue, with a three inning save from Garrett, before Liam hurled a 9-0 shutout over the Andrew County Kings behind Jake's two home runs coming in consecutive at-bats. You can read the GameChanger recaps below! 


Jake Lufft helps Blue Springs Elks 14U down

KC Elite Blue 6-2 Blue Springs Elks 14U beat KC Elite Blue 6-2 in six innings on Friday at Fountain Bluff - Field seven behind Jake Lufft, who knocked in four runs. He singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning.

Garrett Presko pitched lights out for Blue Springs Elks 14U. KC Elite Blue managed just two hits off of Presko, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during his three innings of work.

Brett Rooney got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over three innings. He struck out four, walked four and surrendered two hits. Shafer was charged with the loss. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed three runs.

Blue Springs Elks 14U went up for good in the second, scoring one run on an RBI double by Liam Henry. Blue Springs Elks 14U built upon its lead with two runs in the third. Brett singled, scoring Dustin Brewer to start the inning. That was followed up by Jake's single, bringing home Brett.

KC Elite Blue scored two runs in the bottom of the third to cut its deficit to one. An RBI double by Jaeger and an RBI single by Johnson fueled KC Elite Blue's comeback. 


Jake Lufft leads Blue Springs Elks 14U to 9-0 win over Andrew County Kings

An impressive effort by Jake Lufft carried Blue Springs Elks 14U to a 9-0 win in five innings over Andrew County Kings on Friday at Fountain Bluff - Field seven. Jake blasted two home runs for Blue Springs Elks 14U. Jake went 2-3 in the game with five RBIs and two runs scored. Jake homered in the first and second innings.

Everything was working at the plate for the Blue Springs Elks 14U in the first. In the inning Blue Springs Elks 14U scored five runs. Blue Springs Elks 14U scored in the first on an RBI single by Anthony Gunn, a two-run home run by Jake, and a two-run single by Liam Henry.

Liam got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He pitched five shutout innings. Liam struck out three, walked two and gave up one hit. Grundberg was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just one inning, walked three, struck out one, and allowed five runs.

Blue Springs Elks 14U increased its lead with three runs in the second. A wild pitch scored Dustin Brewer for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Jake's two-run home run, plating Anthony. 


State Championships This Weekend at Fountain Bluff

Brackets are now out for this weekend's MO/kan State Championships. The Elks will play two games on Friday at 2:00 and at 6:00, and then a single pool play game at 1:00 on Saturday.

The top 4 teams will receive a bye to Sunday; however, the 5 through 12 seeds will begin single elimination bracket play at 4:00 on Saturday, so it is possible we'd start bracket play on Saturday afternoon, if we don't play Elks baseball.

So, Let's Go, Elks!


Elks Earn #3 Seed, but Tourney Bracket Play Rained Out

As suspected, the Elks were rained out on Father's Day Sunday. Was looking forward to playing a few more and trying to extend a 12-game winning streak. The Elks will carry that into MO/kan State this coming weekend!

See Saturday's recap here:

Blue Springs Elks 14U offense too much for Building Champions 14 - Anderlik in 11-1 rout

Blue Springs Elks 14U jumped out to an early lead on Building Champions 14 - Anderlik and captured an 11-1 victory on Saturday at Legacy Field five.

Eight runs in the first three innings allowed Blue Springs Elks 14U to put the game away early. A three-run home run by Anthony Gunn and an RBI double by Liam Henry in the first inning supplied the early offense for Blue Springs Elks 14U.

Caleb Marquez got on base three times in the game for Blue Springs Elks 14U.

Liam got the win for Blue Springs Elks 14U thanks to nine strikeouts. Liam allowed one earned run on five hits and four walks over five innings.

Blue Springs Elks 14U easily handled Building Champions 14 - Anderlik pitching as six hitters combined for seven hits, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored. Marshall was charged with the loss. He allowed eight runs in three innings, walked five and struck out one.

Blue Springs Elks 14U tacked on another four runs in the third. A sacrifice fly scored Jake Lufft to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by Liam's single, scoring Caleb.

Blue Springs Elks 14U built upon its lead with two runs in the fourth. Garrett Presko started the inning with a solo home run. It didn't take long for Blue Springs Elks 14U to answer as it scored one run of its own in the fifth. Blue Springs Elks 14U scored on an RBI single by Brett Rooney. 


Blue Springs Elks 14U take out the MacNSeitz Red Sox with help from Jake Lufft, 6-3

Jake Lufft went 2-3, sparking Blue Springs Elks 14U to a 6-3 victory in seven innings over the MacNSeitz Red Sox on Friday at Legacy Field five. He singled in the first and fifth innings.

Brett Rooney looked sharp on the hill. Rooney gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out six during his three innings of work. Caleb Marquez got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over four innings. He struck out six, walked three and surrendered two hits. Stone took the loss for the MacNSeitz Red Sox. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out four, and allowed four runs.

The bottom of the first saw Blue Springs Elks 14U take an early lead, 2-0. Blue Springs Elks 14U got things going when Anthony Gunn singled. A stolen base then moved Anthony from first to second. Jake singled, scoring Anthony. Blue Springs Elks 14U added more runs when Lufft scored on an RBI single by Garrett Presko.

The lead stayed with Blue Springs Elks 14U after the second, when it scored one run on an RBI single by Dustin Brewer. Blue Springs Elks 14U piled on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. A single by Jake ignited the offense,, plating Dustin.

One run in the top of the sixth helped the MacNSeitz Red Sox close their deficit to 5-3. A groundout by Caldwell fueled the MacNSeitz Red Sox's comeback. Finally, Brett got Kickbush to strike out to end the threat.

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The Elks will play this weekend at Legacy Park in the Triple Crown Team Appreciation tourney that will feature a deep field of quality opponents. The Elks will need to play their best baseball of the season should they hope to take home a trophy for the 3rd consecutive week. The Elks will open with an 8:15 p.m. start time on Friday night against the Mac 'n Seitz Red Sox at Legacy Park Field 5. Saturday's game against the Building Champions 14 - Anderlik will be at 10:15 a.m. at Legacy Field 4. The boys should meet at the tunnels at 7:00 on Friday night and at 9:00 on Saturday.

Uniform Assignments:

Friday: Tackle twill blue, white Evel Knievel Pants, Red Cap, Red Belt

Saturday: White Jersey, Gray Pants, Gray Caps, Blue Belt

Sunday: Red Jersey, White Thin Stripe Pants, White Caps, Blue Belt  



Elks Take Midwest Global State Title

 For the second consecutive week, the Elks took home a tourney title as they took the rain-shortened KC Sports Midwest Global State championship.

The tourney opened Friday night with a game against the KC Elite Blue, a quality team the Elks had yet to face this season. Dustin threw well, racking up five strikeouts and scattering four hits over six innings of work. A pair of unearned runs, however, had the Elks down 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, and needing to rally to keep from digging themselves into a hole for bracket play. With a little patience at the plate, the Elks drew four consecutive walks to tie the game before Zane, helping out the Elks missing two players to football camps, drove a liner to right to win a thrilling game for the Elks.

All of Saturday's action was washed out thanks to Midwest June weatherand the Elks needed to just win their last pool play game to earn a spot in the rain-shortened, revised bracket. Using an all-around team effort, the Elks dispatched BC KC Rawlings Prospects - Oakes, 9-2, and spent the rest of a long afternoon at Buffalo Wild Wings waiting for their opponent to be determined.

Another very good team the Elks had yet to play, KC Prodigy, made their way to the title game, winning two consecutive games to reach the championship against a well-rested Elks squad.

Jake got the call on the mound and responded with a brilliant game, especially considering the miniscule strike zone that afternoon. Despite walking five and hitting two batters, Jake only gave up a single unearned run in the first, and struck out five while giving up only a single hit in five innings of work. That run held up for KC Prodigy until the bottom of the 4th, when Jake and Garrett each drew walks to lead off the inning. Caleb laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to get the runners over, and T.J. lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Jake to tie the game at one, though the Elks did no further damage that inning.

Jake worked out of a first and third, one-out situation in the top of the fifth to keep the game tied. Ray and the Elks then took advantage of an error to start the inning. With one out, Ray stole second followed by a Dustin walk and a Brett single to load the bases with Anthony at the plate.

Getting down in the count 1-2, Anthony fouled off a couple of nice pitches before three balls walked home the go-ahead run. Jake drove a hard groud ball in the hole to left field to plate another and the Elks would hand a 3-1 lead over to Garrett in the sixth.

Garrett worked a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, and the Elks would plate two much-needed insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after T.J. coaxed a leadoff walk, followed by a Ross single, a Ray hit-by-pitch and a two-run double from Zane to provide additional breathing room for the Elks.

KC Prodigy got a lead-off single in the seventh followed by a quick two outs, before a double and a walk loaded the bases bringing the tying run to the plate. Garrett got the next batter on a fly ball to Brett in right for the final out and the Elks exhaled with a victory and a Global State title.




Elks Win JustBats June Jam!

Read all about each game at GameChanger by clicking the games in the scoreboard!

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