Austin Gouldsmith says he has never gone to the plate trying to hit a home run and ended up connecting for a blast over the fence.

Austin Gouldsmith says he has never gone to the plate trying to hit a home run and ended up connecting for a blast over the fence.

The Grain Valley senior center fielder followed the same routine Tuesday at Oak Grove’s Webb Park, despite a 45-mph jet stream that was blowing to right center field.

“Honest, I didn’t try to hit a home run – I just went up wanting to hit the ball hard,” said Gouldsmith, who hit a two-run homer and a grand slam to collect six RBIs in the Eagles’ 13-1 victory over Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Oak Grove. “The first one got up in the wind. The second … well, I hit it pretty good.”

Pretty good?

“The first one was solid,” an appreciative Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said, “but the second one was legit. It would have gone out of any park in the country.”

The two-run homer went well beyond the American flag pole in straightaway center field. The pole sits several feet behind the 400-foot sign on the center field fence.

The grand slam – in the second inning – bounced high off the middle of the street on the west side of the field and disappeared into the parking lot.

Gouldsmith wasn’t the only one having some fun at the plate for the Eagles as winning pitcher Jordan Oddo and right fielder Cody Cloughley hit their first home runs of the season.

“It looked like fun, so I thought, ‘I’m going to swing hard and see what happens,” said Cloughley, who homered following Goudsmith’s second blast. “I got a good pitch and got a homer.”

Oddo said he was more concerned about his performance on the mound than at the plate as the gale-like winds blew to right field.

“I wanted to keep the ball down,” said Oddo, who was enjoying his first start of the season. “The wind really helped my curve. I don’t think they knew what to expect from it – it was really breaking.”

Oddo allowed just two hits in four innings – including a solo home run to deep right field by Oak Grove shortstop Zach Taylor. It was Taylor’s second home run of the season.

“This is the type of day a pitcher hates,” Lyford said. “That’s why I’m so proud of Jordan. Four innings and just a couple of hits. And he was smart out there – he kept runners off the bases and never really had to pitch out of trouble.”

With the win in their conference opener, the Eagles improved to 2-0 overall.

“There are no easy conference games this year, so this is a big win and a great way to start conference,”  Lyford added. “They’ve got a great team this year. They were 3-0 before today and have a big win over Raytown and they beat Van Horn and Smithville, so we’ll take this one and be very happy.”

Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears was disappointed in the outcome.

“We see where Grain Valley is, and that’s where we want to be,” Sears said. “We made some mistakes and they made us pay for everyone of them. They hit the ball well and they were the better team today.”

Grain Valley leadoff man Derek Kelton had three hits, scored two runs and drove home two runs; Jake Talamonte had two hits, scored twice and had an RBI; Cloughley finished with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored; and Oddo had two RBIs and scored a run.

Oak Grove’s Kyle Jones opened the bottom of the first with a single, but was quickly erased on the base paths as Grain Valley catcher Shay Parra threw him out at second base on an unsuccessful stolen base attempt.