Nothing could prepare the Grain Valley High School baseball team, or its fans, for what happened in the second inning of Wednesday’s night’s conference matchup against visiting Grandview.
Eagles starter Josh Kilpatrick struck out the side in the top of the first inning and the Bulldogs retired Grain Valley 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame.
Then, after a scoreless top of the second inning, the Eagles batted around twice – with Caden Matlon, Cole Keller and Trent Flake each going to the plate three times – in a 15-run inning. Grain Valley sent 20 batters to the plate and every Eagle scored at least one run – with six scoring twice.
Keller came on to strike out the side in the top of the third inning as the Eagles registered their most lopsided win on the season and their second no-hitter.
Kilpatrick and Keller combined for six strikeouts in the three-inning win in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. Earlier this season, Jacob Misiorowski pitched a 5-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Fort Osage.
“In the first inning, no one knew what was going to happen, so I went out and threw strikes and tried to set the tone for the game,” said Kilpatrick, who picked up the abbreviated win. “In a game like this, you don’t want to embarrass the other team, but you don’t want to go up to the plate and make an out on purpose either. We went up and were able to work on some things in the batter’s box then turn it over to the next guy.”
The Bulldogs committed two errors in the inning, hit two batters and walked nine Eagles, including six with the bases loaded. Matlon, Keller and Payton Bosserman had the Eagles’ three hits.
At one point, Bulldog pitchers threw 15 balls out of the strike zone and walked five consecutive Grain Valley batters.
“I want our guys to be aggressive and challenge whoever we are playing, even in a game like this,” Eagles coach Brian Driskell said. “Sure, you never want to embarrass anyone, but I kept telling them to approach it like a regular game.
“It’s a conference game and it’s important to do well in a conference game – even a conference game where your opponent is struggling.”
The Eagles never attempted a stolen base or advanced an extra base in the bottom of the big inning.
Grain Valley made it a sweep with a 13-3 win in the nightcap. Bosserman earned the win with relief help from Keller and Riley Brown.