The Fort Osage softball team played a full seven innings for the first time in six games.
The Indians still did just enough to earn a 7-5 win against Suburban Middle Seven Conference rival William Chrisman Tuesday.
“This was a well fought conference game. We had a few base running errors, but the girls did a great job battling until the very end,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said. “Our freshman class really stood out.”
Fort Osage scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third and three in the fourth. Chrisman had three runs in the third and two in the fourth.
Olivia Siefker led the Fort Osage (6-0, 3-0 conference) led the offense with two hits, including a triple and a double and two RBIs. Brooke Doherty had two hits, including a triple and two RBIs, Chloe Harris had two hits, including a double and an RBI, and Savannah Short had a hit, three runs scored and an RBI.
For the Bears (2-6, 1-2), Gracie Ussery paced the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Kennadi Goin had a hit and two RBIs and Caitlin Gentry had had two hits and two runs scored.
"Although we didn't walk away with the win, we played well,” Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said. “We hit the ball well and made plays on defense. We are starting to settle in and come together as a team."
GRAIN VALLEY 16, WINNETONKA 6: The Eagles came off a crushing loss in 10 innings against Kearney on Monday, but they bounced back with a 16-6 blowout win of the Griffins in five innings, which earned them their first Suburban Small Seven Conference win of the season.
“The team played great,” Grain Valley coach Garrett Ogle said. "We really hit the ball well today. We had some layover from the night before, and it would have been easy for us to just check out after getting down early. But the girls continued to fight and compete. They made plays defensively and they got it done offensively.”
Winnetonka scored three runs in the first innings, one in the second and two in the fifth. Grain Valley scored on in the first, six in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Kasey Kilburn improved to 3-0 on the season as she tossed four innings in relief and allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two.
Bri Carter powered the offense by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs. Keely Hill was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs; Avery Huffman was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Malia Gutierrez was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
PARK HILL 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: The Jaguars couldn’t quite get going on offense and suffered their first loss in the process during a Suburban Big Six contest against host Park Hill.
South struck in the first inning when Abby Sciara tripled and Addie Lightner drove her in with a single. But the Jaguars stranded eight runners after that. and were unable to answer the Trojan offense until the fifth inning.
Lightner led South offensively by going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, while Elle Smith and Regi Hecker both had two hits and two runs each.
"We just struggled to adjust early," South coach Kristi Williams said. "Park HIll played well, and they took advantage of a few opportunities we gave them to tack on runs late. We will learn from this and get better tomorrow."
Easton Seib took the loss to move to 9-1 on the season as she walked one and struck out two. The Jaguars (9-1, 1-1) allowed 11 hits and five earned runs.