By The Examiner staff
Paige Parker pitched another no-hitter as the Truman softball team advanced to the championship bracket semifinals of the Blue Springs South Tournament despite a loss to Blue Springs.
Parker tossed her fourth no-hitter of the season in an 11-0 win over Park Hill South in pool play Friday at Hidden Valley Park. Parker did not pitch in the matchup against Blue Springs, and the Wildcats rolled to an 11-1 win. Truman opened with a 6-1 win over Kearney behind Parker’s three-hitter.
Blue Springs won Pool A while Truman finished second. Ozark won Pool B with Blue Springs South taking second.
Truman will meet Ozark in one semifinal at 9 a.m. on Field 6, while Blue Springs will battle Blue Springs South at 9 a.m. on Field 5.
In the win over Kearney, Parker pitched a six-inning three-hitter and struck out 13. Parker also singled twice, Sara Jeffress singled twice and doubled and Kendra Amos singled twice with two RBIs.
Victoria Morrow suffered the loss against Blue Springs. Madison Sykes singled three times, Kaylie Welch singled and tripled and Tylin Stephens singled twice for the Wildcats. Parker singled twice for Truman.
Parker then struck out 10 in the no-hitter over Park Hill South and hit solo and three-run homers as Truman improved to 15-2. Brooke VunCannon singled three times with two RBIs and Tori Zorich singled and doubled for the Patriots.
South fell 6-4 to Ozark but defeated Notre Dame de Sion 8-2 and Carl Junction 15-0. Mariah Bierman hit a home run and Megan Schwindler earned the win against Sion. Bierman hit another home run and Erin Griesbauer got the win against Carl Junction.
Blue Springs’ other scores were unavailable as of press time.
LIBERTY TOURNAMENT: Fort Osage fell to Liberty North 9-7 and defeated Jefferson City Helias 5-3 and Grain Valley 3-2 Friday.
Three three-run innings carried Liberty North.
“All we had to do is hold them in the seventh inning to win the game,” said Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan. “But instead we gave up to many runs on errors.”
North scored three runs in the top of the seventh for the victory.
Katy Divers was the losing pitcher. Stormie Smallwood hit a two-run single.
Felicia Gwinn then pitched the Indians past Helias. Divers opened the game with a solo homer. Kelsey McIntyre had two RBIs and Paige Hayden doubled with one RBI. Fort Osage never trailed.
“This was a great team win against a hard-hitting team,” Sullivan said.
Divers struck out eight in a complete-game win against Grain Valley. Hayden went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Paige James added a hit and an RBI and Smallwood had the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly in bottom of the sixth inning.