Solid pitching, hitting and defense paid off for the Van Horn baseball.

Solid pitching, hitting and defense paid off for the Van Horn baseball.

Three pitchers combined for a five-hitter in an easy 12-2 Crossroads Conference victory over Butler at Roper Field Tuesday.

The Falcons collected 11 hits and were led by Phil Hammons’ two singles and double and four RBIs and Michael Payne’s single, triple and  RBI. The Van Horn defense made only one error.

A six-run fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Falcons (7-4, 4-2) the victory. Van Horn’s third pitcher, Tyler Solomon, earned the win.

“It was nice to hit the ball and get some nice pitching leading up to the conference tournament this weekend (at the Independence Athletic Complex),” Van Horn coach Tim Wilson said.

BLUE SPRINGS 8, LIBERTY NORTH 2: Blue Springs erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

David Stober scattered eight hits for the victory.

Brian Burasco doubled and drove in two runs in the sixth and Corbin Hare singled and doubled.

“It was a well-played game by both teams,” Blue Springs coach Marc Hines said. “We did what we needed to in the bottom of the sixth.”

GRAIN VALLEY 9, HARRISONVILLE 1: Grain Valley remained undefeated in Missouri River Valley Conference play as Lucas Williams allowed only two hits, one walk and struck out five in six innings.

Austin New singled twice with two RBIs and Tim Collins singled twice for the Eagles (12-5, 7-0).

SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6, ST. MARY’S 0: The Trojans were held to three hits and struck out 13 times in the Crossroads Conference loss.

“Bobby Brock pitched a really good game but unfortunately we couldn’t put up any runs for him,” St. Mary’s coach Joe Barbosa said. “The defense was a little bit better.”

Scott Lehane tripled for the Trojans (3-6, 3-3).

OAK GROVE 9, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 6: Visiting Oak Grove overcame a 4-2 deficit with a four-run third inning and went on for the Missouri River Valley Conference victory.

“Our guys hit it well tonight and kept scoring runs to keep the pressure on,” Oak Grove coach Kirk Sears said. “We collected 13 hits from eight different guys. We are really starting to play well as the season progresses.”

Conner Matson struck out eight and allowed only two earned runs in pitching five innings for victory. Cole Doherty posted a save.

Oak Grove (9-5, 4-2) received three hits from Doherty and two each from Eric Gant, Zach Morgan and Dakota Hearn.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 7, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 2: Miles Kilgore pitched a three-hitter and struck out two as visiting North notched a Suburban Big Six victory Monday.

Seth Soto had two hits and two RBIs, Quentin Bradford two hits and Jordan Rice two RBIs to power North (6-9, 2-4).