Jason Simmons’ pitching and Corbin Berkstresser’s hitting lifted Lee’s Summit and downed Truman in the season opener for both teams.

Jason Simmons’ pitching and Corbin Berkstresser’s hitting lifted Lee’s Summit and downed Truman in the season opener for both teams.

Simmons scattered six hits and Berkstresser drilled a two-run homer that sparked a game-winning three-run sixth inning as the Tigers edged Truman 3-1 Tuesday at Legacy Park.

Truman starter James O’Dell and Josh Felz combined for a six-hitter for Truman.

“O’Dell threw a nice game except for the one mistake to Berkstresser,” Truman coach John Eglich said. “We ran ourselves out of the fifth inning in which we would have scored more runs.”

Brian Read, walked, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on a passed ball with Truman’s only run in the fifth inning.

Will Nesbitt and Dillon Amaya each singled twice for the Patriots (0-1).

NORTH KANSAS CITY 11, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Two four-run innings lifted North Kansas City to the non-conference victory at Macken Field in North Kansas City.

“The guys are playing hard,” first-year Chrisman coach Jim Pickett said. “Right now, the guys only played their second varsity game.

“But we are beating ourselves with errors. It’s tough to get base hits in the clutch. But we will hit and pitch better.”

Dillon Parrish was the losing pitcher. He singled twice and drove in the only Chrisman run in the first inning.

The game was moved to Macken Field because Crysler Stadium remained unplayable because of a wet field.

VAN HORN 11, RUSKIN 1: A four-run first inning ignited Van Horn to an easy victory over Ruskin at Roper Field.

“It was nice to get out and play a game,” Van Horn coach Tim Wilson said after his team improved to 1-2 overall. “The kids were frustrated after losing two games (to Oak Grove and O’Hara) last Friday.”

Grafton Solomon pitched a five-inning two-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk for the win. Sequoia Newland doubled and tripled with four RBIs and Austin Mayfield singled twice with one RBI to power Van Horn’s six-hit attack.

Van Horn led 10-1 after two innings. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

PARK HILL SOUTH 3, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 0: Host Lee’s Summit West outhit Park Hill South 5-3 but couldn’t push a run across in a non-conference loss.

“I felt like I was riding the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride at Disneyland five times in a row,” joked West coach Jay Meyer. “It was painful to watch  (our hitting). Our defense is fine and our pitching was good. Our approach just seemed kind of flat.”

Jericho Burasco went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Titans (1-1).

PEMBROKE HILL 5, RAYTOWN SOUTH 3: Visiting Raytown South couldn’t overcome an early 3-0 deficit in falling to Pembroke Hill at Kansas City’s 3&2 Stadium.

“We have a lot of guys playing out of position and we’re young,” Raytown South coach Steve Peck said.

Bralin Jackson had two singles and a double and one RBI and Justin Chigbogu added two singles and an RBI for the Cardinals (0-2).