Myel White's first rivalry game against William Chrisman will be a memorable one for the Truman freshman.
Not only did she have a career day at the plate, she did so on a special day at Adair Park, as the Patriots rolled to a 16-0 victory in three innings.
The softball game Tuesday was a breast cancer awareness contest between the two schools and White's two-homer effort came in front of her grandmother, Vicki Draskovch, who is a breast cancer survivor.
Her grandmother ran out to left field both times to retrieve Green's third and fourth home runs of the season and her first multi-homer game in her young prep career.
“My nana has survived breast cancer four times, so she will get one of the balls for sure,” White said. “She is quite the fighter, she really is.”
Both teams wore special uniforms for the day, with Truman donning pink shirts, while Chrisman wore navy blue with a pink ribbon on the front.
“We started this about five or six years ago and it is very special to our team,” Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said. “A lot of people have been affected by breast cancer. It is something we look forward to and it is kind of cool to play this game against Truman.”
Once the game got underway, the Patriots dominated.
Truman (6-1) rolled to its fifth straight victory – all of them shutouts – behind a mix of advantageous at-bats and then just flat out hitting the cover off the ball in the second inning.
Tawnie Griffin led off with a single for the Bears (2-5), but was erased on a strike-them-out-throw-them-out double play. That became the only hit sophomore hurler Kara Amos allowed. She faced the minimum for three innings and kept her ERA at 0.00.
At the plate, Truman had only three hits in the first inning, but tallied eight runs.
Kennedy Rucker led off with a double, the first of seven straight batters to reach safely. White drove in the first run of the game with a bases-loaded walk on a full count. Lexi Lopez followed with an RBI on a hit by pitch.
Chrisman starter Adrianna Solary, who wasn't feeling well, exited the game and gave way to freshman Gracie Ussery. She was welcomed into the game with a bases-clearing triple by Chloe Armstrong.
Two more errors brought in two more runs and Amos had an RBI single in her second at-bat in the first, making it 8-0.
White started the bottom of the second with a home run to left field. Melanie Johnson had an RBI single to push the advantage to 10-0 before Rucker was hit by a pitch in the head – she wasn't hurt – and that brought in the 11th run.
Two batters later, Armstrong bashed her sixth home run of the season to clear the bases. The grand slam came later in the at-bat that saw her hit by a pitch, but the umpire waved it off, saying she wasn't fully in the batter's box.
White, in her second at-bat, then hit another home run to left field to account for the final margin.
White entered the game leading the Patriots in hitting with a .611 clip – 11-for-18 – a tad ahead of Armstrong's .588 average.
As a team, the Patriots are hitting .370 with an OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of 1.104 and an on-base percentage of .474.
“There are a couple spots in my lineup that is just in slumps,” Truman coach Dan Harper said. “There are two or three right now that are struggling and they are good hitters. They will come around too and when they do, we will be really potent.
“The ones that are on fire, they are really on fire. The ball seems to go a long way.”