When Lee’s Summit North pitcher Marisa Davis is in a groove, there’s little an opponent can do.
That was the case and then some Saturday at Legacy Park as Davis threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 to lead the Broncos to the Class 4 District 14 title with a 3-0 win over Blue Springs.
It marked North’s first district title in a decade and equaled the school record for wins (25) set in 1998.
“It’s been 10 years in the making, so this feels really good,” Davis said. “I just wanted to keep them off balance and see what happened. I felt the ball was moving well and my curveball was really working, so that was good.”
The Broncos (25-5) provided all of the game’s scoring in the bottom of the first.
Sydney Ross drove in Kinsey Fiedler with a single to right-center, then Olivia Krehbiel followed the next at-bat by crushing a two-run homer into the woods beyond the fence in left-center.
“I was waiting on that pitch, that fastball high and inside, which I knew I would get at some point,” Krehbiel said. “It felt great. Luckily, I got it before she threw me that changeup. (Blue Springs’ Reggie Kanagawa) is a great pitcher. She’s very hard to hit off of. I’m glad we strung a few hits together and got some runs in.”
Both pitchers dominated following North’s first.
Kanagawa yielded just three more hits and finished with seven strikeouts, while Davis worked out of the only jam she faced by striking out two Wildcats after Blue Springs (21-7) used its two hits and a sacrifice bunt to put runners in scoring position in the third.
“Marisa pitched really well,” Broncos coach John Gage said. “If her pitches are working and she’s on, she’s just so tough. She’s thrown well for us. She’s so composed out there, doesn’t get rattled and just throws. It was fun watching her.”
Krehbiel said breaking through on offense in the first and playing with a lead was key for North.
“It makes it a lot more comfortable, especially for Marisa,” she said. “But you never know, anybody could score 10 runs in an inning. I’m glad we got the lead, but you still have to play tight defense and play hard the rest of the game.”
For the eight North seniors, continuing their season into mid-October marked a focus since practices started July 31.
“I did not want this to be my last game,” Davis said. “We all wanted to keep moving on and be district champions.”
Added Krehbiel: “It feels awesome. With this team, that was one of our goals. Our next goal is to win sectionals and then try to go to state.”
Fiedler finished 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and Mckenzie Jones and Phoebe Groceman added hits for the Broncos, who play at Lee's Summit West in a sectional Wednesday.
Audrey Corona and Payton Minnis had Blue Springs’ hits.
Gage noted making the Class 4 playoffs marks a gigantic achievement in a Kansas City area that is loaded with softball talent.
“You win any district here, it’s a big deal,” he said. “We’ve made it to the championship game so many times and come up short. It’s a one-game do or die. Blue Springs is a great team, just like all the teams in the (Suburban Big Seven). We just came out on top today. Our girls have played well all season. We knew we could beat them if we played a good game and jumping out early helped us big time.”