The Truman baseball team finished fifth in the Eastern Jackson County Tournament.
Brayden Jensen pitched a five-inning, 8-0 shutout Wednesday to lead the host Patriots past Summit Christian Academy. Truman (7-15) went 3-2 in the tournament. The game was played Wednesday because of an earlier Summit Christian schedule conflict.
Rorey Combs singled and doubled, Nick Adrales doubled in two runs and Reid Titus doubled in a run to spark Truman.
BELTON 14, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Belton scored nine runs over the final two innings to break open a close game and pin a Suburban Middle Seven loss on the Bears at Crysler Stadium.
“I was just a tough day,” Chrisman coach J.R. Wells said. “We have to turn some things around heading into districts.”
Parker LaRoche took the loss as Chrisman fell to 5-21 and 0-10.
GRAIN VALLEY 6, HARRISONVILLE 2: Alex Smith pitched the visiting Eagles to the Missouri River Valley Conference West victory Wednesday.
Jack Slaven doubled twice and singled and Crayton Smith singled twice to ignite the attack as Grain Valley improved to 8-15 and 3-5.
“Smith pitched well,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said. “We executed early in the game and tacked on a couple of runs late with some timely hitting. It was a good win.”
OAK GROVE 16, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 3: Aaron Graham’s career-night powered the host Panthers to a five-inning win, as Oak Grove stayed tied with Odessa atop the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
Graham went 4 for 4 to pace a 17-hit attack, falling a double short of the cycle, and he ended the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to enact the mercy rule.
Austin Reader scattered five hits and a walk against five strikeouts to record his sixth win in a shortened complete game.
Oak Grove improved to 18-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while Excelsior Springs fell to 10-12 and 4-4.
“Our guys came out focused tonight,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “They are playing hard and playing well right now. We are really starting to come together as we near the end of the regular season, which is our No. 1 goal – to be playing our best baseball at this time of year.
“Reader did a really good job tonight of minimizing damage as we were playing with the wind blowing out.”