The Grain Valley baseball team captured one more conference title on its way out of the MRVC West.
Freshman Cole Keller slugged a home run to help spark the host Eagles to a 13-1 rout of Harrisonville Wednesday.
The win clinched a second straight Missouri River Valley Conference West crown for the Eagles, who will move to the Suburban Conference next school year. Grain Valley (17-9) improved to 8-1 in the conference.
“We had a young team this year that has really stepped up and played well,” Grain Valley coach Brian Driskell said. “Had some big comebacks in games that allowed us to be in this position. It’s been a great year, probably one of my best years in terms of having so much fun with a talented team. They have grown a lot this year and they certainly deserve this.”
Keller went 3-for-3 and his home run in the second inning sparked a five-run outburst that put Grain Valley ahead 7-0. The Eagles added six runs in the fourth to end it in the fifth on the mercy rule.
Starter Jake Misiorowski allowed just one run to improve to 4-2 for the season.
Josh Kilpatrick, Garrett Morrow, Crichton Hill and Cade Matlon all added two two hits apiece for the Eagles.
On Tuesday, Grain Valley rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit and claim a MRVC West home win over Odessa.
Kilpatrick and Matlon drove in runs in the sixth to help the Eagles rally. Keller, making his first varsity start, was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Jake Shafer earned the victory to improve to 3-0.
BLUE SPRINGS 7, PARK HILL 1: Jake Lufft allowed just two hits in six innings and Blue Springs scored six of their seven runs in the final two innings to claim a Suburban Big Seven road win over host Park Hill Wednesday.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.
Lufft, who earned the win, finished with 10 strikeouts. Ryan Urfer allowed two hits in one inning to finish it off.
“Jake scattered two hits and we played good defense behind him,” Wildcats coach TIm McElligott said. “We got timely hits late. We had opportunities early, we just have to adjust and get short to the ball and move runners. Solid ballgame all around.”
Ray Paniagua, who had two hits, keyed the seventh-inning outburst with a two-run triple.
Nick Brandner had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and Luke Smith had two hits and an RBI to help spark the Wildcats (18-8, 6-3 Big Seven).
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 0: Brandt Lightner and Dustin Brewer shut down the Ray-Pec offense and John Herrman got the big hit to propel the Jaguars to an eight-inning Suburban Big Seven Conference win Wednesday.
Lightner pitched six innings and allowed just three hits and struck out seven. Brewer tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win as he only gave up one hit.
Jared Ravencamp, who had two hits, led off the eighth with the walk and eventually scored on the go-ahead single by Herrman, who had two hits.
“Tonight was a good example of how you have to move on from the day before (12 walks last night against Rockhurst),” South coach Ben Baier said. “Brandt and Dustin did a great job tonight on the mound of pounding the strike zone. We hit the ball hard tonight and (Ray-Pec) made some great plays. But, so did we and we needed to in order to win on the road. Proud of the guys and hopefully we can continue to build on this effort.”
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 17, RUSKIN 1: Chrisman's bats woke up in a Suburban Middle Six matchup against the Eagles as they won by mercy rule in five innings.
The Bears scored one run in the first, four in the second, five in the third and seven in the fourth.
Brennan McGraw, the winning pitcher, tossed five innings and gave up one run on four hits and struck out three for Chrisman (5-16, 3-7).
STALEY 7, FORT OSAGE 0: Host Staley shut down a hot Fort Osage offense in a Suburban Middle Six matchup Wednesday.
The Indians managed just three hits while falling to 12-13 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Ethan Gotch, Nick Dye and Von Young got Fort Osage’s only hits.
Dominic Raybourn hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead Staley, which scored three runs in the second inning and two in the fourth to take control.
Jared Larson, who gave up seven hits and six runs (three earned) in five innings, suffered the loss.