Blue Springs South pitcher Easton Seib and her Jaguar teammates are not thinking about back-to-back state final four appearances, an undefeated record or manhandling crosstown rival Blue Springs 10-1 Tuesday night at Coen Field.
No, they’re just taking it one step at a time.
“One pitch at a time, one at-bat a time, one inning at a time and one game at a time,” said Seib, who threw a masterful four-hitter that pushed her record and the Jaguars’ overall mark to 8-0.
“All Coach (Kristi Williams) talks about is taking everything one at a time, and that’s what we did tonight. It was a close game for three or four innings and we were patient and just waited for the opportunity to get some big hits and get the win, and that’s what happened.”
The first big hit came from shortstop Abby Sciara, whose two-out, two-run double gave Seib a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Bailey Brumley tripled and scored on Sophie Lopez’s RBI double and Lauren Rogers followed with a two-out, RBI single to make it 4-0 in the top of the fourth.
Catcher Tori Bradley’s three-run homer – her first of the season – blew the game wide open as the Jaguars led 7-0 in the top of the fifth.
“We’re confident, but we’re not overconfident,” Bradley said. “Easton threw a great game. I love catching her because she is in complete control out on the mound. And like we’ve been doing all season, we got big hits when we needed them.”
It was the opposite for coach Jim Brandner’s 5-3 Wildcats.
Audrey Corona walked with one out in the bottom of the first and Maddie Kielty singled, but Seib retired the next two batters on a pop fly to center and groundout to third.
“Who knows what happens if we take a one or two-run lead in the bottom of the first,” Brandner said. “That is a very good South team. There’s a reason they’ve been to state the past two years and are undefeated this season.
“When they needed the big hit they got it. We’re a young team and we’re work in progress. As the season goes on, I believe we’ll be keeping our opponents from getting the big hits while we’re getting them ourselves.”
South’s Addie Lightner added a two-run double in the sixth and pinch hitter McKenna Lester added an RBI single in the eighth.
Corona had an RBI single for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We’re having fun, and our mantra is one at a time – day, at-bat, inning, you name it – one at a time,” Williams said. “It’s always a big game when we play Blue Springs. Gosh, we’ve been playing them 15 years since I’ve been coaching and it’s always a big win for everyone.”