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  • Grain Valley splits tourney openers

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  • MARSHALL – One bad inning prevented the Grain Valley baseball team from starting 2-0 in the Marshall Tournament.
    Instead, the Eagles went 1-1 Thursday, defeating host Marshall 9-4 but falling 6-5 to Chillicothe.
    The Eagles (3-9) erupted for four runs in the first inning in the win over Marshall. Zach Ehlen had two singles and two RBIs, Ryan Niemann hit a two-run single and two sacrifice flies for four RBIs and winning pitcher Zach Slaven added two singles for the Eagles.
    Chillicothe scored four runs in the fifth inning to grab a 6-2 lead in the second game. Nick Alvarado took the loss. Crayton Smith, Alex Smith and Ehlen each singled twice for the Eagles, who play two more games today.
    “We played well in the first game and had a well-pitched game,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said. “In the second game we had the one bad inning that prevented us from coming home with two wins.”
    VAN HORN 6, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1: Michael Payne was too much for Summit Christian Academy.
    He scattered six hits and struck out five to pitch the Falcons to a key Crossroads Conference victory Thursday at Roper Field.
    “Payne walked only one and threw strikes, and the defense played well behind him with no errors,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said.
    Levi Kelsey singled and doubled with two RBIs and Jordan Kroeger singled to ignite a decisive three-run third inning as Van Horn improved to 5-7 and 3-1.

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