COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Blue Springs South softball team excelled in all three phases Friday to reach the Class 4 District 9 championship.
Sydney Righi fired a one-hitter, giving up just a one-out single in the second inning, and struck out four, and the Jaguars played strong defense and pounded out 14 hits in a 10-0 drubbing of the host Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins in Friday’s semifinal.
The Jaguars (20-9) advance to today’s 10:30 a.m. championship against Columbia Hickman (20-8), an 8-0 winner over Jefferson City.
Kailee Odegard powered the offense, going 3-for-3 with home run, two doubles and three RBIs. Aubrie Munoz and Abby Sciara were also 3-for-3. Munoz scored three runs and Sciara scored two and added two RBIs.
Madison Crosslin and Savannah Everhart each added two hits and an RBI, and Addie Lightner and Haley Woolf also added a hit and an RBI apiece.
LIBERTY 11, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: Chrisman finished with a 13-13 record after being shut out by top-seeded Liberty in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 15 Tournament Friday at Excelsior Springs High School.
Liberty meets Kearney, an 8-7 winner over Liberty North, in the final at 5 p.m. Monday.
KEARNEY 7, FORT OSAGE 6: Kearney scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 6-6 deadlock and end Fort Osage’s season late Thursday night at Excelsior Springs High School.
Trailing 6-4, Fort Osage scored two runs in the top of the sixth to tie it, only to have Kearney regain the lead in the bottom half.
Olivia Peters went the distance to suffer the loss, allowing six hits, six walks and six earned runs while striking out six. She also had a hit and three RBIs.
Hailey Chase and Taylor Wisely each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Brooke Doherty went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Indians, who finished 9-19.
Fort Osage scored two runs in the second to take a 4-3 lead but Kearney tied it in the third and took the 6-4 lead with two in the fourth.
OAK GROVE 7, HARRISONVILLE 6: Kelsey Webb’s sacrifice fly scored Maddie Coone in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win in the first round of the Class 3 District 14 Tournament at Odessa High School.
Coone led off the seventh with a single and advanced to third on a Gracie May bunt. Webb fouled off several pitches before getting the game-winning sac fly into foul territory.
Cheyenne Minnick slugged a key two-run homer, Coone finished with four hits and Bailee Martin had three hits to help power the Panthers (14-11-1), who advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinal against Warrensburg. The championship game will be played following that game.
Sadie Loney, who pitched two innings in relief of Macie Dunham, earned the victory.
“Sadie hasn’t thrown for us for some time, but she came in very focused and got the job done. Overall great team win,” Oak Grove coach Toni Brundage said.