Make that six victories in a row for the Van Horn baseball team.
The Falcons erupted for 12 runs in the first inning to spark a wild 17-12 victory over Lincoln Prep Friday at Satchel Paige Stadium in Kansas City.
“It was nice to get a very important win,” Van Horn coach Jay Kolster said after his team improved to 9-7. “Lincoln Prep is in our district. We got the big lead and then held on.”
Michael Payne got credit for the victory on the mound. Levi Kelsey doubled twice and drove in five runs to lead the Van Horn attack.
LAKELAND 6, GRAIN VALLEY 5: Two Grain Valley comebacks were wasted in the first-round loss to Lakeland of Deepwater, Mo., in the Boonville Wood Bat Tournament Friday.
The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth inning to tie it 4-4 and one in the seventh for a 5-4 lead. But Lakeland came back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the victory.
“Too many mistakes,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said of the reason for the loss.
Zach Slaven singled three times to lead Grain Valley (6-11), which plays twice Saturday in the tournament.
O’HARA 14, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: O’Hara was in command throughout as the Bears finished 1-4 with a six-inning consolation loss Friday in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament at Legacy Park. Chrisman tallied seven hits.
“It was a tough week for us, coming off nine games in six days,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said after his team fell to 5-16. “Our pitching staff was out of gas, and we’ve got guys banged up. We had four starters out today.”