It’s hard to imagine a program more on a roll right now than the Lee’s Summit North softball team.
Following Wednesday’s 8-1 home win over Blue Springs South, the Broncos have won 13 in a row overall, nine in a row in the Suburban Big Seven Conference and 18 out of their last 19.
“This streak we’ve been on is pretty awesome,” said senior third baseman Olivia Krehbiel, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI double against the Jaguars. “We had a rough start to the season, but we’ve definitely pulled it together and it feels great as a team to be able to do that.”
Broncos pitcher Marisa Davis struck out nine and scattered three hits to keep the South offense at bay.
“I was trying to keep the ball off the plate because they have really good hitters,” Davis said. “My curveball and my outside drop ball were working really well.”
North scored on its first at-bat when Kinsey Fiedler’s hard-hit single to right bounced off the outfield lip and over the Jaguars right fielder and rolled all the way to the fence, allowing her to round the bases.
The Broncos broke the game open with a six-run third inning, banging out six singles in addition to Krehbiel’s double as they sent 11 batters to the plate.
“The second time through the lineup we just started hitting the ball, and hit it away, and hit it hard away,” North coach John Gage said. “That opened the game up, but against South no lead is safe. It wasn’t over, it was just more comfortable.”
Krehbiel’s double to right plating Izzie Medrano – who had two hits in the inning – started the scoring in the third.
Blair Clark, McKenzie Jones and Medrano had RBI singles during the frame, while Londin Fiorella produced an RBI groundout and Sydney Ross and Hannah Moser both had hits.
“Once you see one person hit it starts an entire streak and gets it going,” Krehbiel said. “It gives the whole team confidence.”
South (18-8, 5-5 Suburban Big Seven) put runners in scoring position in the second and loaded the bases in the third, but Davis produced strikeouts both times to end the threat.
“Getting out of those two jams early was huge,” Gage said. “(South) can score runs in a hurry. Last time we played them I think they scored six runs with two outs. … We needed to avenge our earlier loss to them. Anytime you beat Blue Springs South, that’s big. It’s a big conference win.”
Abby Sciara walked and eventually scored on Eden Tolliver’s groundout in the fourth for South’s run.
Fiorella, who also finished 3-for-4 at the plate for North, plated Krehbiel with an RBI single in the fourth to reach the game’s final tally.
North (22-4, 9-2) closes out conference play today at home against Lee’s Summit. It will have to wait to see how Lee’s Summit West – currently 8-1 in the conference – closes out its final three games to determine its conference title hopes.
“We can only control what we can control and what happens, happens,” Gage said.
Meanwhile, the Broncos will enjoy their winning streak for as long as it lasts, and their 4-3 start to the season following a loss at South on Aug. 29 seems like a lifetime ago.
“Our pitchers are throwing well and our lineup is swinging the stick really well and getting clutch hits,” Gage said. “Our defense is also playing well. That’s a big thing. They can make some plays for us and get us out of some jams.”