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Examiner
  • Rain shortens weekend for Cats, Jaguars

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  • The weather was the winner in the Columbia Hickman Tournament.
    Blue Springs (20-1) won two games Friday and Blue Springs South won and lost in Friday night action. Saturday’s games were rained out.
    Alexis Reid pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as Blue Springs defeated Kirkwood 8-0. Tylin Stephens singled twice with two RBIs and two runs scored, Darian Frost singled three times and Morgan McMahan singled twice.
    The Wildcats followed with a 2-1 victory over Troy, as Reid spaced five hits and struck out nine. Frost doubled in both runs in the first inning after Madison Sykes singled and Brittani Reid was hit by a pitch.
    Blue Springs South (14-10) defeated Pattonville 9-1. Kayle Vansandt homered, Bailey Autrey doubled and homered and Mariah Bierman singled and tripled. Skyler Robinson was the winning pitcher. All 13 South players had at least one hit.
    The Jaguars then fell 1-0 to Columbia Rock Bridge. Erin Griesbauer allowed only five hits and struck out seven in taking the loss.
    “It was a great battle,” South coach Kristi Williams said. “They were able to get the much needed hit while we just couldn’t get one hit to fall. We scattered 12 baserunners. It was a great game but against a good team like that you can’t leave 12 runners on without scoring at least a couple.
    “Erin pitched a great game and our defense played great, too. It was just too bad the offense couldn’t come through with the runs.”
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 3, RAYTOWN 2: Kyana Mason’s homer in the top of the seventh inning carried the visiting Bears (7-17, 2-7) to the Suburban Middle Seven victory. Mason also singled twice, and Merina Thomas also had two hits.
    Taylor Wiskur scattered four hits for the victory.
    “Wiskur pitched an excellent game,” Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said. “Our defense was very strong, and we executed at the plate.”
    LIBERTY 11, BLUE SPRINGS 10: Host Liberty held on to hand Blue Springs its first Suburban Big Six loss. Alexis Reid allowed 10 runs and eight hits in two innings in suffering the loss.
    “We weren’t ready to play,” Blue Springs coach Roger Lower said. “We made six errors, didn’t back up the bases, weren’t in position to handle cutoffs and ran the bases poorly.”
    Despite only their second loss in 22 games overall, the Wildcats continue to lead the conference at 6-1.
    STALEY 11, FORT OSAGE 0: The Indians were no match for visiting Staley in the Suburban Middle Seven game on Senior Night Monday.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This was not our best game,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We couldn’t seem to capitalize when we had runners in scoring position.
    “Our two outstanding seniors, Katy Divers and Kelsey McIntyre, have been vital to the program over the last four years. We will miss their leadership.”
    Fort Osage (10-16) was held to four hits and finished 5-7 in the conference. Felicia Gwinn took the loss.
    OAK GROVE 11, HIGGINSVLLE 10: Maddie Wycoff singled in Emily Scott in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving Oak Grove the walk-off victory.
    “It was a fun win,” Oak Grove coach Jesse Edwards said. “It went back and forth. It was all about the timing of the hit.”
    Savannah Taylor had two singles and two doubles, Scott and Katie Carr hit two singles and a double each, Jamie Carpenter a single and double for three RBIs and Laurel Sutter two singles to power the Panthers (8-12).
    Alyssa Hertel was the winning pitcher.
    SPRINGFIELD HILLCREST TOURNAMENT: Lee’s Summit North settled for runner-up after falling 2-0 to Liberty in Saturday’s championship game.
    Even with that loss, the Broncos improved their record to 11-13 over the weekend after wins over Strafford (25-1), Kickapoo (9-0), Monett (7-1) and Republic (11-5).
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