Five games into the 2018 season, the Fort Osage softball team has played just a total of 20 innings.
So, the Indians have yet to play a full seven innings in a game. But that’s a good thing for the 5-0 Indians. Their latest blowout came against Suburban Middle Seven foe North Kansas City in a 16-1 four-inning victory Monday at home.
The Fort Osage offense has been explosive, scoring a whopping 92 runs. But that doesn’t surprise head coach Kelly Sullivan, who has a senior-laden squad.
“We knew this was going to be a strong season,” Sullivan said. “We have seven seniors that are really doing their part and playing their roles very well. Then we have some freshmen doing as much damage as the seniors.
“We’re excited about how well they’re hitting.”
It’s been an enjoyable ride so far for seniors Alecia Monday and Hailey Chase, but at the same time they are yearning for some stiffer competition. Fort Osage will get that this weekend in the Park Hill South-Winnetonka Tournament, as it will open against last year’s Class 4 state runner-up Blue Springs South.
“We like playing and getting in and out and getting done with our conference games without too much to worry about,” Monday said. “But this weekend we play Blue Springs South in a tournament, and we’re excited to finally get some competition.”
The Indians had to adjust to the slow pitching of North Kansas City’s Jaide Rose, and they were able to do that much quicker than an earlier meeting with the Hornets.
“We struggled with slower pitching early, so we’re ready for some faster pitching,” Chase said.
Added Monday: “She was throwing a high changeup and we just had to wait that extra second.”
Fort Osage put up seven runs in the first inning, which was highlighted by a two-run double from Chase and a two-run triple by Monday, both hitting it off the center-field fence.
After Northtown scored its only run in the top of the third inning, the Indians came back with three runs in the third and six in the fourth. Aspen Treadwell had a two-run single to right and Olivia Siefker hit a walk-off RBI double to center field to give her team yet another lopsided mercy-rule win.
Siefker had two hits, including a double and and two RBIs; Brooke Doherty had two hits and a run; and Kyra McIntosh added a hit and two RBIs.