A five-run first inning ignited the Van Horn baseball team to an 8-5 season-opening Crossroads Conference victory over Sherwood on Monday.

A five-run first inning ignited the Van Horn baseball team to an 8-5 season-opening Crossroads Conference victory over Sherwood on Monday.

Sophomore Levi Kelsey struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings and singled and hit a two-run homer to lead the Falcons. Phil Hammons added a solo homer.

“It was nice to see him pitch well and  get a few hits,” Van Horn coach Tim Wilson said of Kelsey.

TRUMAN 4, PEMBROKE HILL 2: Tom Ruddy singled, doubled and picked up the decision on the mound in leading Truman to a road victory.

Ruddy struck out four, walked one and allowed one earned run in six innings. Brian Read pitched the seventh for the save.

GRANDVIEW 8, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: It was not the season opener new coach J.R. Wells wanted.
William Chrisman was held to two hits in an 8-0 loss at Crysler Stadium.

“We were happy to play,” Wells said. “We are really, really young and inexperienced.”

Grandview settled the issued early with three runs in the first inning and four in the second.

Richard Douglas was the losing pitcher. Ryan Lee struck out eight in five innings for the victory.

LIBERTY 12, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 9: Todd Hinkley homered twice with five RBIs to power visiting Liberty to the season-opening victory.

Liberty snapped an 8-8 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh inning as Hinkley hit a three-run homer.

Colton Pogue doubled and homered, Matt Olsen singled and doubled and Cale Benson singled and hit a two-run homer to power the Jaguars.

“We swung the bats well and played pretty good defense but did not pitch the way we expected,” South coach Ben Baier said.

Brett Valentine was the losing pitcher.

OAK GROVE 9, PLATTE COUNTY 1: Oak Grove junior Corey Bolin recorded his first career varsity victory by lasting all seven innings.

Bolin struck out four and allowed only a single unearned run. Six Panthers also collected at least one hit with Cole Doherty lashing three hits and a pair of RBIs. Eric Gant connected on a single and a double and also drove in two runs.