The Blue Springs South softball team couldn’t maintain the momentum Monday following a tournament title over the weekend.
After capturing the Rockwood Summit Invitational crown with two wins Saturday, the Jaguars fell 5-4 in their Suburban Big Seven opener Monday at South.
A sixth-inning rally fell short for the Jaguars Monday against Lee’s Summit. Trailing 5-1, South scored three runs to cut the deficit to 5-4. Addie Lightner hit a two run double and scored on Abby Sciara’s RBI single but the Jaguars couldn’t get any closer.
Sydney Righi suffered the loss.
“We couldn’t get anything going until the sixth and by then it was way too late,” Jaguars coach Kristi Williams said after her team dropped to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. “In the seventh, Lee’s Summit played amazing defense. We hit it hard but we couldn’t find the holes.”
The Jaguars finished off a 4-0 record in the Rockwood Summit Invitational in Chesterfield Saturday with a 4-1 win over Liberty North.
Easton Seib allowed seven hits in a complete-game victory and Madison Crosslin went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Lightner was 3-for-3 and scored a run and Nicole Curtis, Aubrie Munoz and Reggie Hecker each had an RBI. South scored one run in the first and three in the second.
“It felt really good to win that. We got some good wins against some good teams,” Williams said. “We hit the ball well and kind of figured out our identity on offense.”
In the semifinal earlier Saturday, the Jaguars blanked Cor Jesu Academy 6-0. Righi threw a two-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts and Munoz was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Crosslin was 3-for-4 with a double, Savannah Everhart was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kailee Odegard drove in a run.
In Friday’s late quarterfinal, the Jaguars rolled to a 14-4 win over Oakville in six innings.
Haley Woolf (2 RBIs), Lightner (2 RBIs, double), and Everhart (3 RBIs, double) led the way for South, which scored nine runs on two errors followed by eight straight hits. Munoz went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Crosslin and Sciara each added two hits and an RBI.
Easton Seib allowed eight hits and struck out six for the win.
BLUE SPRINGS 10, PARK HILL 0: Blue Springs scored four runs in the third and four more in the fifth to close out a six-inning Suburban Big Seven home rout of Park Hill Monday.
Reggie Kanagawa, who is slowly working back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and freshman Bri Barchak combined for the shutout with Kanagawa going the first 3 1/3 innings.
Kanagawa helped herself at the plate, with a two-run drive down the right field line in the third inning.
RBI singles from Morgan Holland and Maddy Lavelle and a Bella Andrews two-run single scored the four runs in the fifth.
On Friday and Saturday, Blue Springs went 4-1 to claim the championship of the Silver Bracket in the Joplin Tournament. Barchak went 4-0 in the tournament.
The Wildcats routed Nevada 14-2 in the final. Andrews hit a grand slam, Taylor Snead was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Holland was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Barchak allowed four hits and one earned run in four innings for the win.
The Wildcats also beat Carl Junction 16-1, McDonald County 17-8 and Neosho 11-10 and lost 6-2 to Webb City.
Snead went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and five RBIs to lead the Wildcats past Carl Junction.
Lavelle went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, Snead was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Kanagawa was 3-for-4 with a home run against McDonald County. Barchak went five innings in relief for the win.
Walls was 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and Lavelle was 4-for-4 with three RBIs in the win over Neosho.
Kanagawa was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the loss to Webb City.
TRUMAN 13, NOTRE DAME DE SION 0: Freshman Myel White threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts as Truman routed Notre Dame de Sion Monday at Adair Park.
Chloe Armstrong and Gracie Ekberg each went 2-for-3 to lead the offense as the Patriots improved to 5-1 with their fourth straight shutout.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 8, RAYTOWN 3: Gracie Ussary pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts and had three hits, including a double, to lead Chrisman past host Raytown Monday.
Adrianna Solary added a triple for the Bears, who scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second.