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Examiner
  • Parker sparks Pats to Ozark title

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  • Paige Parker allowed her first two runs of the year.
    Other than that she was dominant in pitching the Truman softball team to the championship of the Ozark Tournament.
    After winning two Friday games, Truman opened play Saturday with a 12-0 three-inning rout of Willard. Parker allowed no hits and struck out five. She also doubled twice with two RBIs. Brooke VunCannon added two singles and scored two runs.
    Parker followed with a five-inning no-hitter and 11 strikeouts of Republic as Truman coasted 8-0. Sara Jeffress singled three times with two RBIs, Tori Zorich singled and doubled with two RBIs and Emily VanCompernolle singled twice.
    Truman nailed down the championship and improved to 13-1 with an 11-2 victory over Ozark. Parker allowed four hits and fanned 15 and had three hits and three RBIs.
    Jeffress singled twice and doubled, drove in two runs and scored three, while Zorich, Annika Kessler and Maya Coen each singled twice. Truman outscored its five tournament foes 51-2.
    Parker, who is verbally committed to NCAA champion Oklahoma, improved to 12-0 with 126 strikeouts in 57 innings and three no-hitters this season. She has an 0.25 ERA and has averaged 15.5 strikeouts per game.
    Truman’s game at Park Hill South on Monday was postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 27.
    FORT OSAGE 7, GRAIN VALLEY 6: Lauren Schletzbaum and Paige James singled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Fort Osage rallied past Grain Valley Monday for a non-conference win.
    Katy Divers, who went 4-for-4 with a double and scored three runs at the plate, earned the victory with three hitless innings in relief of Flecia Gwinn.
    “The girls hung in the game and battled well,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said. “This was a big win for us.”
    Schletzbaum finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Kelsey McIntyre added a hit, a walk and an RBI for the Indians (6-8).
    Jordyn Tieman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kendyll Bailey went 2-for-4 to lead Grain Valley (3-9). Taylor Mays suffered the loss.
    “We’re getting better defensively, but offensively we were a little impatient,” Eagles coach Calvin Valvo said. “We swung at too many first pitches.”
    BLUE SPRINGS 1, LEE’S SUMMIT 0: Solid pitching continues to boost Blue Springs.
    Alexis Koop singled up the middle to drive in Alexis Reid from third base with the winning run in the top of the seventh inning as the visiting Wildcats edged Lee’s Summit at Legacy Park Monday in a Suburban Big Six game.
    Reid, the winning pitcher, led off the inning with a single. She was bunted to second by Kaylie Gilgour and took third on Mariah Welch’s groundout.
    Page 2 of 2 - Reid allowed only two hits and struck out eight as the Wildcats improved to 10-1 and 4-0 with their seventh-consecutive victory.
    Tylin Stephens and Madison Sykes each singled twice for the Wildcats.
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 11, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 1: Madi Giles and Mariah Bierman were too much for Lee’s Summit North.
    Bierman doubled twice and homered with four RBIs and Giles doubled twice and singled with two RBIs to power the visiting Jaguars to the Suburban Big Six victory Monday. Sammi Backhus added a single and triple for South (9-4, 3-2 Big Six).
    “Hannah Tolliver made three outstanding defensive plays in right field,” said South assistant coach Tracie Terry, who is filling in for Kristi Williams while she is on maternity leave.
    Erin Griesbauer allowed just two hits and no runs over five innings for the win. Megan Schwindler worked the final two innings to stymie North (6-8, 0-4).
    WINNETONKA TOURNAMENT: Oak Grove rallied after two pool losses to claim the Bronze Division title of Saturday’s Winnetonka Tournament.
    Oak Grove fell 16-0 to Raytown and 10-0 to Liberty North. Alyssa Hertel and Kaitlyn Marsh were the losing pitchers. Rachel Clipper singled twice in the Raytown loss, and Maddie Wycoff singled twice against Liberty North.
    Hertel was the winner as Oak Grove (6-8) routed St. Pius X 20-0. Jamie Carpenter singled, doubled and hit a grand slam with five RBIs and Katie Carr singled, doubled and tripled with three RBIs.
    Carr earned the win as Oak Grove rolled past Winnetonka 16-6. Clipper, Carr, Carpenter and Emily Scott each had three hits.
    “We started out rough but came together and worked through some things,” Oak Grove coach Jesse Edwards said.
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