The Blue Springs South softball team saved its best for last in the War on the Battlefield Tournament in Columbia over the weekend.
The Jaguars, who had just one home run in their first six games this season, bashed five in a 7-1 victory over Mexico in the championship game Saturday.
Senior Abby Sciara hit a pair of solo blasts to lead the Jaguars, who stayed undefeated at 7-0 after a 4-0 showing in the tourney hosted by Columbia Battle.
Sciara’s first homer gave the Jaguars the early lead in the first inning. Regi Hecker hit her second home run of the season – but her first over the fence – in third. Her two-run blast made it 3-0.
Sciara, winning pitcher Easton Seib and Lauren Rogers each hit solo homers and Hecker scored off a pair of errors on her bunt single for a 7-0 lead in the fourth.
Seib allowed just four hits, two walks and one run while striking out four to improve to 7-0.
Seib, Sciara, Addie LIghtner and Elle Smith were named to the all-tournament team.
Earlier Saturday, the Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 lead and hung on to top Jefferson City Helias 3-1 in the semifinals.
Seib shut down the Crusaders on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts in five innings.
Sciara was hit by a pitch and scored on Lightner’s RBI double off of the fence to put the Jaguars ahead 1-0 in the first inning.
Smith was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Sciara and Lightner each drove in a run.
JOPLIN TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs went 4-1 to finish as the runner-up in the Joplin Tournament.
The Wildcats topped Seneca (12-1), Carl Junction (16-1) and Park Hill South (5-4) in pool play.
Blue Springs topped Columbia Rock Bridge 6-1 in Saturday’s semifinals before falling 11-1 in five innings to Staley in the championship game.
The Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning against Staley but surrendered 10 runs in the bottom of the inning.
“We made a series of physical errors and mental errors,” Blue Springs coach Jim Brandner said. “Combine that with a little bad luck and good hitting by Staley and our chances at winning the tournament disappeared in a horrible inning.
“The girls played well and showed that they are capable of being a good team. I think they will continue to work hard and strive to be a great team.”
Maddie Kielty hit her fourth home run of the tournament and Bella Andrews, Abby Kinzler and Talia Pfeifer each went 2-for-3 in support of winning pitcher Bre Barchak in the win over Rock Bridge.
In pool play, Taylor Snead and Kielty each went 3-for-4 with a home run and Andrews and Kinzler were each 3-for-4 in the win over Seneca. Barchak earned the win.
Against Carl Junction, Snead was 3-for-3, Kielty was 2-for-3 with a home run, Savannah Maynard tripled and doubled and Andrews was 2-for-3. Kinzler earned the win.
Kielty homered again in a 2-for-3 showing and Kinzler was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in the win over Park Hill South. Sydney Noller earned the win and Barchak notched a save.