An eight-run fourth inning carried visiting Van Horn to a 20-8 Crossroads Conference victory Tuesday at Sherwood.

Levi Kelsey hit two-run and three-run homers and Nathan Ingold a two-run homer to power the Falcons (3-5, 2-0).

“It was a hitter’s day,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said. “The fences were short and the wind was blowing out.”

Michael Payne was the winning pitcher.

“He threw four strong innings, and we were very disciplined at the plate,” Kolster said.

Van Horn fell 9-5 at Lexington Monday. Kelsey singled twice with three RBIs. He also was the losing pitcher.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 9, GRAIN VALLEY 7: A tough season continued for Grain Valley (1-7, 0-2) with Tuesday’s home Missouri River Valley Conference West loss.

The Eagles sliced into a 6-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third, but the Tigers bounced back with two runs in the fourth.

Jake Deselle, Zach Ehlen and Zack Slaven slapped two hits apiece for Grain Valley. Slaven suffered the loss on the mound.

“Came up just a bit short,” Eagles coach Mark Lyford said. “We did a good job battling back from down 6-0 but couldn’t get over the hump. Good night for us offensively, but we need to eliminate some little mistakes that keep us from getting over the hump.”

TRUMAN 25, RUSKIN 1: Truman easily nabbed its first Suburban Middle Six and overall victory of the season.

A 12-run second inning highlighted the rout for the Patriots (1-6, 1-1). Eli Whitmire led the attack with three doubles and five RBIs. Brayden Jensen had two singles and two doubles and three RBIs, and Van Oswald three singles and three RBIs.

“The guys played well in the wind,” Truman coach John Eglich said.