William Chrisman made softball head coach Mark Amos “real proud” in its win against Oak Grove and Oak Grove’s Kirk Sears was left to ponder what might have been if not for his team’s defensive breakdowns.

William Chrisman made softball head coach Mark Amos “real proud” in its win against Oak Grove and Oak Grove’s Kirk Sears was left to ponder what might have been if not for his team’s defensive breakdowns.

The Bears downed the Panthers 10-6 Monday in pool play of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Invitational at Adair Park after taking a 15-0 drubbing earlier in the day against Lee’s Summit.

Against Oak Grove, starting pitcher Tiffany Craig went the distance for the Bears, allowing six runs on 11 hits. At the plate, Craig was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

“The top of our lineup really hit the ball (against Oak Grove),” Amos said. “We really hit the ball well 1 through 6. We put the ball in play and we scored some runs.

“That bouncing back — the girl from Lee’s Summit (Lisa Weeda) was on her game. (Chrisman) actually played better than the score said. Our kids battled (against Oak Grove). I was really proud. It was a gutsy win.”

Sears was a bit outdone by 15 errors in two games, including a 8-1 loss to Lee’s Summit.

“We made too many mistakes defensively tonight to give both Lee’s Summit and William Chrisman too many opportunities,” Sears said. “You can’t give teams extra outs and expect to win.  

“We need to regroup after (Monday) and do a better job defensively the rest of the week. Hopefully we were able to get the first game jitters out of the way and we can play better as the week goes on.”

The Bears, 1-1, resume tournament play at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday against Staley and the Panthers next game has yet to be determined.