Blue Springs South’s Jesse Gray was the center of attention Tuesday.

Blue Springs South’s Jesse Gray was the center of attention Tuesday.

He pitched a complete game seven-hitter and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as host Blue Springs South edged Lawrence (Kan.), 3-2.

Lawrence starter Alex Laughlin handcuffed the Jaguars for six innings with 13 strikeouts.

But the Jaguars (3-2) loaded the bases off relief pitcher Garrett Cleavinger. Matt Olson hit a chopper back to Cleavinger, whose throw home was too late to retire the sliding Gray.

“We made some plays and got out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings,” South coach Ben Baier said. :”The kids came out and played a complete game.”

Each team scored two runs in the third inning.

South (3-2) was held to four hits. Austin Holland singled and doubled with one RBI. Gray singled, walked one, was hit by a pitch, scored two runs and stole two bases.

GRAIN VALLEY 2, OAK GROVE 1: Two fifth-inning runs and the pitching of Tim Collins led Grain Valley past visiting Oak Grove in a Missouri River Valley Conference West opener.

Collins allowed only a first-inning single, struck out eight and walked for the victory. He also singled in Dylan Farrell  with the first Grain Valley run. Lucas Williams’ single scored Dylan Folkers, who had run for Collins, with what proved to be the winning run.

“It was a well-played and well-pitched game,” Grain Valley coach Mark Lyford said. “Collins got out of a couple of jams but had good command all day. We played good defense behind him.”

The win kept the Eagles undefeated in three games. Oak Grove suffered its first loss in five games.

VAN HORN 6, BARSTOW 3: Van Horn opened Crossroads Conference play by defeating host Barstow.

“It was nice to get a game in and get the first conference win,” Van Horn coach Tim Wilson said.

Van Horn (1-3) coasted after taking a 4-0 lead after three innings.

Aaron Driskell pitched the opening five innings for the victory. Dakota Knight finished up. Barstow had only three hits.

Kyle Davis singled and doubled with two RBIs and Devin Fields singled twice with one RBI in pacing a seven-hit Van Horn attack.

RAYTOWN SOUTH 7, GRANDVIEW 2: Freshman Austin Green spaced five hits and struck out seven in pitching the host Cardinals past Grandview.

A four-run third inning for a 5-2 lead assured South of its third victory in five games.

Nick Scarcello singled twice, Shaqille Theus singled and tripled and scored a run and Bralin Jackson doubled with one RBI in pacing a nine-South attack.