ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Truman and Paige Parker roll on.
Parker pitched a one-hitter and struck out 15 as Truman opened defense of its Suburban Middle Six title with a tough 1-0 victory over St. Joseph Central Tuesday,
Tori Zorich’s infield roller was thrown away for a three-base error, allowing Brooke VunCannon to score from first base in the in the fifth inning for the only run Parker and Truman (6-0) needed.
Truman stranded 13 runners stranded as the result of collecting six hits, receiving seven walks and two hit batters.
Parker (5-0) has struck out 73 in 33 innings and allowed only seven hits.
PLEASANT HILL 4, GRAIN VALLEY 3: The Missouri River Valley West Conference opener resulted in a tough loss for Grain Valley.
A four-base throwing error on a bunt allowed host Pleasant Hill to score what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Jordyn Tieman took the loss. Taylor Mays led the attack for Grain Valley (3-4) with a single, a double and one RBI.
BLUE SPRINGS 8, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 0: Alexis Reid pitched a five-hitter and struck out six as the visiting Wildcats (5-1) prevailed in their Suburban Big Six opener.
Reid also singled twice with two RBIs. Morgan McMahan had three singles and two RBIs, Kaylie Gilgour added two singles and one RBI and Mariah Welch had two doubles and two RBIs. North fell to 4-2 and 0-1.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 13, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 3: The Jaguars (4-2) pounded out 16 hits in a road victory in their Suburban Big Six opener Tuesday.
Madi Giles led the way with three singles, a double and five RBIs. Winning pitcher Erin Griesbauer had three singles and scored three runs and Julie Woelbel, Shannon Hughes and Chelsey Tipton each added two hits.
“The offense is starting to click,” South coach Kristi Williams said.
OAK GROVE 4, HARRISONVILLE 2: Rachel Klipper’s big hit lifted visiting Oak Grove past Harrisonville in its Missouri River Valley Conference West opener.
Klipper’s two-run double snapped a 1-1 tie and put the Panthers (3-3) ahead to stay. Kaitlyn Marsh was the winning pitcher.
“The pitching was great and we hit the ball hard,” Oak Grove coach Jesse Edwards said.