For Fort Osage, Wednesday’s 16-1 rout in four innings by Liberty in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational provided a lesson in stick-to-itiveness.

For Fort Osage, Wednesday’s 16-1 rout in four innings by Liberty in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational provided a lesson in stick-to-itiveness.

“(We learned) ... not to give up, no matter what the skill level is as team, and keep battling through everything,” said sophomore shortstop Mercedes Marriott, who had Fort Osage’s lone hit in the Gold Bracket loss at Adair Park.

In addition, the Indians (2-1) were reminded of the importance of always being “there for each other, no matter how bad we’re down,” according to junior outfielder Kassie Peters, who scored Fort Osage’s lone run.

Indians coach Kelly Sullivan had hoped her team would “take away from this game some positive things.”

“At this point, I don’t think anybody had scored against Liberty, so that was a plus,” she said. “And it was a hard, solid hit, (an) earned run.”

Not to discredit the Blue Jays, but the Indians have plenty of work to do, according to Sullivan. Specifically, they must learn to communicate better and use better angles when fielding the ball.

“They hit the ball really well, but when you have three errors, things (are) going to happen.”

The Blue Jays hit the ball well enough, in fact, to pile up 17 total hits and secure their spot in the winner’s bracket semifinals Friday.

“We’re going to see some really good pitching Friday with Kat (Barrow) for Kearney in that first game,” Blue Jays coach Scott Howard said. “She’s a dominant pitcher. Win or lose that, we’re going to see another great pitcher in the second game (Friday). So we’ve just to figure out a way to keep it (hitting) going.”

The Blue Jays scored three runs on four hits in the first inning. They then used a walk and three hits to produce three more runs in the second.

Peters walked and eventually scored from second on Marriott’s two-out double for Fort Osage’s only run in the top of the third.

“I was just focusing as hard as I could (at the plate),” Peters said. “I knew that I had to battle with her (Liberty pitcher Chelsea Ross) – and I just wanted to win it.”

 Because there were two outs when Marriott doubled, Peters knew she “had to run on anything.”

“I just wanted to be able to score, so we could at least get in the game a little bit,” she said.

Marriott felt at ease when she went to bat.

“I was, like, ‘That person’s got to be hit in,’ ” Marriott said. “So I was just ready to hit the ball, (like) it was a normal at-bat, like nobody was on base.”

Liberty capitalized on three Fort Osage errors and knocked out three hits to score five runs in the bottom of the third. The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the plate.

The Blue Jays went through the order in the fourth and produced five runs on seven hits to cover the 15-run spread.

Fort Osage will face Lee’s Summit North at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by a fifth- or seventh-place game.

Liberty (3-0) will face Kearney at 3:45 p.m. Friday.