In their first regular-season game following the Greater Kansas City Softball Invitational, coach Lindsey Weikel’s Grain Valley Eagles put on a clinic at Fort Osage Monday afternoon.

Timely hitting – lots of hitting – solid pitching and defense helped the Eagles top the Indians 8-3 in a non-conference contest.

The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back in supporting the nine-hit pitching of Payton Walter.

Kate Arnold and Autumn Bicknell each singled and Walter walked to load the bases for Cara McClain, who drove home two runs with the third single of the inning.

“We not only got quite a few hits,” Weikel said after her 3-3 Eagles roughed up two Indians pitchers for 14 hits, “but we got timely hits. We left some runners on base, but it seemed like when we really needed the base hit, we got it.”

Added Walter: “You just feel so much more comfortable out on the mound with a lead, and the girls got a lot of big hits to support me today.

“I this is a really big win for our team because we were able to beat a good Fort Osage team at their place and this was our first regular-season game after the Greater Kansas City tournament. We play a lot of games this week and I think this is a good way to start the week.”

Fort Osage’s Taylor Dickmeyer doubled and scored on Taylor Wisely’s single in the bottom of the second, but the Eagles padded their lead to 4-1 in the third on McClain’s two-run double.

Brittany Cox added RBI singles in the sixth and seventh and Grain Valley scored an unearned run to account for the final margin.

“Overall, I thought we played a little bit better than the score might indicate,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said after her team fell to 1-5 overall. “We got some hits, but we didn’t the timely hits like Grain Valley got. We need to get more hits in bunches; instead they were spread out throughout the game.”