COLUMBIA, Mo. – After claiming a 10-0 victory over Columbia Rock Bridge and an 11-1 mercy-rule win over Columbia Hickman over the weekend, coach Kristi Williams' Blue Springs South Jaguars are set to host Camdenton at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a Class 4 sectional playoff.
The Jaguars had little trouble claiming the Class 4 District 9 championship by outscoring their opponents 21-1 in the two weekend victories.
Sydney Righi fired a one-hitter and struck out four in the 10-0 victory and Easton Seib had one strikeout and allowed just five hits and one unearned run in the championship game.
"The girls are playing great softball right now – we're getting pitching, hitting and defense – and that's what you need to win at this time of the year because you know that every team that's still playing is a good team," Williams said.
The Jaguars take a 21-9 record into Wednesday's sectional. Last year at Camdenton, South claimed a 7-3 win while advancing to the state championship game before falling.
Abby Sciara had a big game for the Jaguars in the championship with two singles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Madison Crosslin added a single, a walk, hit by a pitch and two RBIs.
"We're just finding a way to get it done," Williams added. "You can see the girls’ confidence growing with each win. And with Sydney and Easton on the mound, you know you're going to get a strong pitching performance. Neither girl had a lot of strikeouts in Columbia, but they know they have a great defense behind them and they let their teammates play great defense to help us get those two wins."