The Truman softball team prepared for an important conference battle with a conference win Monday.
The Patriots enter today’s Suburban Big Six matchup against Liberty with a 3-1 mark in the league after routing host St. Joseph Central 11-1 Monday.
Junior catcher Chloe Armstrong slugged her seventh home run of the season and doubled with three RBIs, and sophomore Kara Amos doubled twice with three RBIs to power the Patriots (9-3).
“Our offense made the necessary adjustments after going three up, three down the first three innings,” Truman coach Dan Harper said.
Freshman Myel White went the distance in the circle, allowing no walks and no earned runs while striking out three.
Freshman Kennedy Rucker and junior Melanie Johnson each went 2-for-4 to help spark the Patriots.
FORT OSAGE 14, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 10: Fort Osage, trailing 7-3, erupted for 11 runs in the fifth inning and held on for a Suburban Middle Six victory Monday.
Fort Osage totaled 13 hits to Chrisman’s nine and capitalized on eight Chrisman errors.
Taylor Dickmeyer slugged a three-run homer to power Fort Osage (5-10, 2-1 Middle Six). Olivia Peters earned the win despite five errors by the Indians.
“We had way too many errors, and need to find a way to eliminate those errors, both mental and physical,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said. “Offensively we were able to hit the ball and move runners very well. Taylor Dickmeyer hit a three-run home run that I think might still be going.”
Tory Douglas doubled and singled and Aubriana Powell added a pair of singles to lead Chrisman. Adrianna Solary suffered the loss.
On Saturday, Chrisman claimed a pair of consolation wins in the Winnetonka Tournament after starting 0-2 on Friday.
Gracie Ussery slugged a grand slam and two singles to lead the Bears to 19-1 rout of Raytown.
Powell went all three innings for the win. Tawnie Griffin added four hits and Solary doubled and singled for the Bears.
Chrisman jumped to a 7-2 lead and downed Harrisonville 8-4.
Solary earned the win in relief of Ussery, pitching out of a two-on, no-outs jam in the third inning. Douglas, Ussery, Solary, Ryann Herod and Cameron Calhoon had hits for the Bears.
“We showed heart and determination to play better and it paid off," Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said of Saturday’s wins.
LEE’S SUMMIT 1, BLUE SPRINGS 0: Lee’s Summit starter Jordan Weber had to pitch a perfect game to edge host Blue Springs in a Suburban Big Seven pitching duel Monday.
Blue Springs starter Reggie Kanagawa threw a three-hit complete game, walking two, allowing no earned runs and striking out seven to suffer the loss. The Wildcats dropped to 10-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The Wildcats captured second place in the Winnetonka Tournament Saturday, falling 17-7 to Staley in the championship game. Staley outhit the Wildcats 20-9 and jumped to a 10-3 lead after four innings to claim the title.
Kanagawa went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, Hallie Walls added two hits and two RBIs and Maddy Lavelle and Bella Andrews each doubled with two RBIs to lead Blue Springs.
In the semifinal earlier Saturday, the Wildcats routed Raymore-Peculiar 12-0 in five innings. Morghan Holland went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Bella Andrews (two RBIs), Kanagawa (one RBI) and Savannah Maynard (one RBI) each added two hits.
Kanagawa and Maynard combined on a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts.
GRAIN VALLEY 7, WARRENSBURG 6: Brittany Cox went 2-for-4 with a key sacrifice bunt in the top of the seventh inning as Grain Valley edged host Warrensburg Monday.
Malia Gutierrez added two hits and Abbie Nicas earned the win as the Eagles improved to 10-7 overall.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 4, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: Blue Springs South jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but was unable to hang on in a Suburban Big Seven home loss Monday.
Aubrie Munoz reach on an error and later scored on an error and Abby Sciara hit a two-out single to put South up 2-0.
Sciara finished with two of the Jaguars’ four hits. Sydney Righi suffered the loss for South (11-5, 2-3 Big Seven).
"We just have to get back to playing our game," Jaguars coach Kristi Williams said. "We need to bounce back and just take things one game at a time."