Fort Osage, after a recent stretch of struggles, may be turning the corner at the right time.
The Indians used aggressive base running to their advantage and pulled away for a 4-1 Suburban Middle Six softball victory over host William Chrisman Tuesday.
Fort Osage has now won three of four after suffering seven straight losses. With two games left in the regular season and districts on the horizon, it’s a good thing for the Indians (8-18, 4-2 Suburban White).
“They are starting to play a little more as a team,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan. “This is when we need to turn it on. That is a good thing. We have districts coming up.”
This was the second win over the Bears this month for the Indians. Fort Osage took the first meeting 14-10 on Sept. 11. That contest featured 26 hits, 10 errors and an 11-run inning for the Indians to give them the lead for good.
Runs nor hits were as plentiful this time around.
Fort Osage went up 1-0 in the first inning. Freshman Kyra McIntosh led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Brooke Doherty’s single.
The Indians used a three-run third to provide breathing room and did so with only one hit. McIntosh walked to open the inning and Olivia Peters reached on an error. McIntosh then swiped third to put runners on the corners for Doherty. During that at-bat, Peters broke for second base to start a double steal. The throw was cut off but McIntosh was safe at home, making it 2-0.
“We needed that to get it ahead, we should've kept it going, but it was good for us,” McIntosh said of the big inning.
Doherty reached on an infield single to shortstop to put runners back on the corner. A passed ball allowed Peters to score. Another passed ball moved Doherty to third and she scored on Hailey Chase’s sac fly to left.
Chrisman (11-12, 6-6) scored its lone run in the fourth inning. Gracie Ussery reached on a fielding error and easily scored on Ryann Herod's opposite field double to right field.
The Bears loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out, but Peters got a pop fly and a grounder back to herself to end the scoring threat.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score and we didn't quite pull through like we normally do,” Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said. “We usually execute some runs in. Our bats weren't there today.”