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Examiner
  • Falcons rout Barstow in conference opener

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  • The Crossroads Conference opener was a big hit for the Van Horn baseball team.
    Levi Kelsey and Michael Payne combined for a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Falcons past Barstow 11-1 Tuesday at Roper Field in Sugar Creek.
    Kelsey pitched the first four innings for the victory. He struck out seven, walked one and the Barstow run was unearned. Payne pitched a hitless fifth inning.
    Kelsey also led the Van Horn attack with two singles and four RBIs. Nathan Ingold singled twice, scored three runs and drove in one.
    “It was a great opening day at Roper Field,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said. “The no-hitter was a good sign of things to come. Offensively, we were disciplined with nine walks that led to the 11 runs.”
    OAK GROVE 15, PLATTE COUNTY 14: Oak Grove outlasted host Platte County in eight innings Monday in a game that featured 32 hits and 10 errors.
    The Panthers tied the game 13-13 with a run in the top of the seventh inning, scored two runs in the top of the eighth and held off a Platte County rally in the bottom half for the win.
    Tony Phillips led a 15-hit Oak Grove attack with three singles, a solo home run and five RBIs. Dakota Hearn had three hits, Austin Nibarger added two hits and four RBIs and Lucas Schnelle had two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers. Schnelle also pitched the final two innings for the win.
    Platte County scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 13-12 lead.
    “I was very proud of our guys and how they continued to fight back and simply found a way to get it done in the end,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “It may not have been the prettiest game we’ve played, but we will take the win any time we can get one.”
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