Alli Scates has been a member of the Truman High School varsity softball team for three years now and by far — she believes — this year’s version is the best team yet.

Alli Scates has been a member of the Truman High School varsity softball team for three years now and by far — she believes — this year’s version is the best team yet.

Scates, a junior first baseman for the Patriots, was 3-for-5 with two doubles and six RBIs Monday in a 25-1 win against William Chrisman at Adair Field. Thanks to underclassmen such as freshmen Paige Parker and Sarah Jeffress and upperclassmen Jenni Bowen and Brooke Parker, Scates said the sky’s the limit this season for Truman.

“We’re excited,” Scates said after Monday’s win, which also included a 4-3 late-inning victory over Raytown earlier in the day. “This is our best (team) we’ve had in a couple of years and we’re just having fun and competing.

“We have a lot of potential. Every girl here has talent and as a team we come together really well and play together really well. We couldn’t win if we couldn’t play together, and we do a really good job.”

Truman scored one run in the top of the first inning, then jumped William Chrisman for eight runs in the second. A four-run third inning was followed by a 12-run fourth inning. The Bears averted the shutout by posting their only run in the bottom of the fourth.

“We gave up a couple of touchdowns,” Bears head coach Mark Amos said, before adding what the Bears could have done to minimized the damage. “Sack the quarterback, don’t let him drop back that far — we’ve got to make sure we cover the receivers better.

“We have to be a little more resilient. We played a good game before that (in a 14-4 win over Lone Jack) — we had a good first game. But mistakes — and confidence is fragile — we have to learn to work through it. Like I said, you can’t let teams get two touchdowns. You have to keep it to one or two runs. Don’t get mad, get better.”

Truman coach Steve Broughton saw his team improve to 5-2 with the win. Just days after completing the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational with 44 strikeouts in four games, the freshman Parker struck out six Bears in just two innings.

That came after a complete-game, 17-strikeout performance against Raytown.

Jeffress, an outfielder, was 3-for-5 against Chrisman (2-5) with three RBIs and sophomore Tishina Bradley was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Bowen, a senior, pitched the final two innings against the Bears and gave up two hits and one run.

“We have a lot of things to work on,” Broughton said. “By no means can we just go out and relax and not work on those things.

“We have  a lot of young kids who have made a good impact for our team. We’ve got a lot of ability, but we make some mistakes that we’ve got to clean up. I just feel like if we continue to improve we have a chance to be really good by the time (the season’s) over.”