Paige Parker and her Truman High School teammates did all the right things in a 1-0 victory over Blue Springs South Thursday afternoon at Adair Park.

Paige Parker and her Truman High School teammates did all the right things in a 1-0 victory over Blue Springs South Thursday afternoon at Adair Park.

Parker never allowed the leadoff hitter to get on base, came up with huge out pitches when the Jaguars had runners on second and third base in the fourth and sixth innings, and finished the game with a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning as the Patriots improved to 16-5 in the non-conference contest.

“I think this is one of our biggest wins of the season because South is such a great team,” Parker said. “We played great defense and we got the big hit when we needed it. Getting a lead against a team like South is huge.”

That big hit came courtesy of the bat of Jenni Bowen, with a little bit of help from Mother Nature.

With storm clouds brewing overhead, Truman’s Emily Davis received the only walk of the game from South freshman Megan Schwindler.

Davis stole second and then scored on a wind-blown double to left field by Truman’s leadoff hitter Bowen.

“I knew the wind was really blowing, but I didn’t try to hit it into the wind,” Bowen admitted, “I just tried to hit it hard. It was great to give Paige the lead because we feel like if we give her a lead, she’s not going to give up any more runs.”

The only problem Parker faced all night came from South’s No. 3 hitter, Kaitlyn Schaberg, who reached base safely with two hits and a walk.

She stole three bases and wound up on third base twice, but never scored.

“I played against Paige a lot in the summer,” Schaberg said, “and I know her tendencies – and that helps when I hit against her. She’s such a great pitcher, and she’s a freshman, just like Megan.

“They’re going to be great pitchers for years to come. I just wish I wasn’t graduating so I’d be around to watch them pitch. It’s going to be exciting for South and Truman for a lot of years.”

With two outs in the first, Schaberg singled and stole second, but was stranded when Parker struck out the final Jaguar batter.

Schaberg singled, stole second and went to third on an infield error in the fourth, but was stranded when Kelsey Dean hit a soft liner that appeared to be heading to right field for a base hit.

But Truman second baseman Emily Davis ran it down for the final out.

In the sixth, Schaberg walked with two outs and went to third on an infield single by Lauren Chirnside, but again, Parker recorded the final out of the inning with a strikeout.

“When you don’t allow the leadoff hitter on base and can strike out people with runners in scoring position, you’re going to win a lot of games,” Broughton said. “I was really happy with the way the kids did everything tonight.”

Even though she lost, Schwindler appreciated the fact that she had taken part in a classic pitchers’ duel.

“One walk – and that batter scores,” Schwindler said, forcing a sad smile. “We knew it was going to be a low scoring game and they got a big hit and scored the only run. We had some scoring chances, and the girls played great defense behind me.

“It’s tough to lose, but Parker is a very good pitcher and Truman is a very good team.”

South coach Vickie Brummel agreed, adding, “The weather conditions helped them get a big hit when they needed it and Parker is one of the best pitchers in the area. We just can’t find a way to get a hit. I wish we could have come up with a run or two to support Megan, because she pitched a great game, too.”

South fell to 11-7.