For the first time, Truman is the champion of the Eastern Jackson County Mid-Season Classic.

For the first time, Truman is the champion of the Eastern Jackson County Mid-Season Classic.

Brian Read was credited with the win and hit a two-run double to lead the Patriots past Lee’s Summit North 7-2 in Thursday’s championship game at Legacy Park.

Read, who hadn’t pitched since March 28 because of an injury, pitched into the top of the sixth inning. Tyler Bodenstab came on to retire the side after North scored its only two runs.

Truman (13-3) clinched the win with three runs in the bottom of the sixth with Read’s double being the key hit.

“It was an impressive performance by Read,” said Truman coach John Eglich. “He hadn’t pitched in three weeks. We played five quality opponents this week, and after we played badly last night (a 6-4 loss to Belton), we came back and won a championship. That says something for that. We lost in the finals in 2006, and last year we gained the finals only to be rained out.”

J.T. Hayes had a RBI double and Bodenstab and Zach Sharp two singles each.

RAYTOWN 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: Raytown snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to edge Blue Springs South in a position-round game in the Eastern Jackson County Mid-Season Classic.

The game was stopped after six innings because of rain.

“It was tough day at the ball park, playing in those conditions,” South coach Ben Baier said. “Our kids competed and showed a lot of class.”

South (8-10) was powered by Blake Pummill’s two singles and one RBI.

O’HARA 7, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 3: O’Hara overcame an early 3-0 Chrisman lead for the victory in the fifth-place game in the Eastern Jackson County Mid-Season Classic.

A.J. Phillips doubled in one run and Garrett Ogle singled in another as the Bears (1-17) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

“We have to play better fundamental baseball,” Chrisman coach Jim Pickett said. “We are not fielding and hitting the ball very well. We have to go to back to fundamentals.”

GRAIN VALLEY WINS TWO: Grain Valley improved to 15-1 for possibly its best start ever by defeating Centralia 7-1 and Columbia Hickman 5-3 in the Boonville Wood Bat Tournament.

Jordan Oddo was the winning pitcher against Centralia. Dylan Ferrell hit a three-run double and Nathan England singled twice with one RBI.

Zach Zurbrick pitched the win against Hickman. Cody Cloughley singled twice with one RBI. England hit a two-run single in the fifth inning that clinched the victory, and Oddo and Derek Kelton each singled twice.

“We started out sluggish in the morning game with three errors but found a way to win,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said. “We bounced back and played pretty well against Hickman in tough conditions. It was a long week for us with five road games in four days.”