David Richards came through when his team needed him most.


David Richards came through when his team needed him most.

After a three-run fifth inning gave host Richmond a 3-2 lead, Richards belted a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner in a 4-3 road win for Grain Valley Thursday.

“That was a key hit for us,” Eagles coach Mark Lyford said. “We struggled offensively. It was our first time out. Our timing is still coming. We responded when we needed it, getting an answer after they put up three.”

Cody Cloughley earned the win in relief, while Jake Talamonte earned the save.

ST. MARY’S 17, LONE JACK 9: The bats were definitely awake for the Trojans in their season and Crossroads Conference opener Thursday.

St. Mary’s pounded out 19 hits in the road win.

“I still think we need to have better at bats,” Trojans coach Will Rogers said. “We had some at bats that were outs, but could have been good at-bats.”

Joey Kenney had three hits, while Jake Rau had three hits and drove in three runs. James Newberry had a pair of hits and four RBIs.

RAYMORE-PECULIAR 8, BLUE SPRINGS 3: Blue Springs couldn’t over come the five errors it committed against the Panthers in the KC Metro Leadoff Tournament at Legacy Park.

Jordan Martinez had a triple for the Wildcats. 

Starter Jacob Kissner struck out eight Panthers in 4-plus innings but walked five batters. 

“I was disappointed with the number of errors which led to some kind of run for each one,” Blue Springs coach Marc Hines said. “It’s early in the season and we’ll work hard to get better.” 

RAYMORE PECULIAR 6, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4: Lee’s Summit North’s Gavin Stark went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI but the Broncos couldn’t overcome Ray-Pec.

Starting pitcher Dustin Ulrich allowed five runs in three innings pitched for the Broncos. 

The loss drops the Broncos to 3-1 on the year. 

“In the second inning, we had three errors and they scored four runs. Only one was earned,” Lee’s Summit North coach Jeff Diekmann said. 

CHRISMAN LOSES TWO: The Bears lost to Park Hill South 10-7 in the first game and lost 3-1 to Lee’s Summit West in the second game Thursday in the KC Metro Leadoff Classic. 

Dustin Collins went 3-for-4 with a double and stolen base in the Bears loss to Park Hill South.  

The Panthers outhit the Bears 11-5 and led the entire game thanks to a three run first inning. 

JoJo Taisi had an RBI double to score Kyle Jackson in the second game against the Titans. 

“I felt like we could compete with both teams,” Chrisman coach Justin Woods said. “We didn’t play as well as I would have liked. We’re going to play these teams again and next time we’ll give a better effort.”