Grain Valley High School softball coach Jim Oliver approached Lee’s Summit coach Tracy Bertoncin after her Tigers had scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning with two outs to take a 6-1 lead over his Eagles.

Grain Valley High School softball coach Jim Oliver approached Lee’s Summit coach Tracy Bertoncin after her Tigers had scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning with two outs to take a 6-1 lead over his Eagles.

“I jokingly asked her, ‘Could you give me that drill you use with your team to score five runs with two outs?’ and she just kind of looked at me and smiled,” Oliver said.

But it was Oliver who left Adair Park Wednesday night with an ear-to-ear grin as his Eagles one-upped the Tigers by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a 7-6 victory in the championship bracket quarterfinal of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Invitational, in which games have a 1 1/2-hour time limit.

“I don’t know if you saw me over at third base in that inning, but I was just standing there with my arms folded – the girls did it all,” Oliver said after his team improved to 3-0 to advance to the semifinal game against Blue Springs South, which is slated for 4 p.m. Friday. “It was amazing to watch. Before the game I was talking to my No. 9 hitter, Jordan North, and I told her she had to be patient at the plate. She was up with two outs and an 0-2 count and walked.”

That set the stage for Taylor Mays, who drove home the winning run, setting off a wild celebration in the Eagles’ dugout.

“I heard all my teammates screaming and going crazy,” Mays said. “It wasn’t the biggest hit I’ve ever had, but it was the biggest this season. We just kept getting people on base, and getting big hits and having fun.”

The farthest hit of the inning came from Kelsi Hall, who greeted a Tigers reliever with a bases-loaded double off the left-field fence, driving home three runs to cut the deficit to 6-5.

“They had just brought in a new pitcher, and I was just looking for a pitch down the middle of the plate,” Hill said. “And that’s what she gave me, and I hit it as hard as I could.”

The dramatic comeback made a winner of pitcher Sydney Fairfield.

“This is one of those games you don’t forget,” Oliver said as he headed to the team bus. “The intensity the girls showed in the last inning was pretty special. They never got down, even after Lee’s Summit took that 6-1 lead.”