The Fort Osage softball team stumbled out of the gate Thursday.
But the Indians crossed the finish line in fine form, rallying from a 7-0 deficit to edge Oak Park 9-8 in eight innings Thursday in the regular-season finale at Fort Osage.
The Indians scored one run in the fourth, three each in the fifth and sixth innings and one in the bottom of the seventh to tie it 8-8. Brooke Doherty delivered the game-winning RBI single in the eighth.
Hailey Chase was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, Olivia Peters went 4-for-5 and scored a run, Emily Jamison was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Doherty finished with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Rachel Buntin scored on a suicide squeeze play executed by Kyra McIntosh as the Indians finished second in the conference at 7-3 while finishing the regular season at 9-19.
“This was a very exciting comeback,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We started off flat footed, with too many errors. However, they didn't give up. Offensively it took up until about the fourth inning to make any headway. After that, there was no stopping these girls.”
BLUE SPRINGS 5, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 3: Blue Springs rallied from an early 2-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning and held on for a Suburban Big Seven win Thursday.
Payton Minnis doubled and tripled with two RBIs, Taylor Snead added a hit and two RBIs and Morghan Holland had two hits and an RBI to power the Wildcats.
Reggie Kanagawa allowed eight hits, one walk and three runs while striking out six in a complete game win.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 17, ST. TERESA’S 6: Gracie Ussery had a career day to lead host Chrisman to a non-conference rout of St. Teresa’s Academy Thursday.
Ussery went 4-for-4, slugged a pair of home runs and a double and drove in 10 runs in the five-inning win.
Tawnie Griffin and winning pitcher Adrianna Solary each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Malia Atagi, Ryann Herod and Kendra Vanderman each added a hit and an RBI for the Bears.
Leading 7-4 after two innings, Chrisman scored five runs in each of the third and fourth to pull away.
Solary struck out six for the win.
LIBERTY 8, TRUMAN 7: Truman rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take the lead but couldn’t hold off host Liberty in their regular-season and Suburban Middle Six finale.
The Patriots dropped to 22-5 overall and finished second in the conference at 7-3.