Pitcher Kelsey Kessler was dominating.

Pitcher Kelsey Kessler was dominating.

She pitched a no-hitter and struckout 40 in leading Blue Springs to four victories and the championship of the Columbia Hicknan Tournament last weekend.

Blue Springs South placed fourth with a 2-2 record.

Kessler had the no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the tournament opening 5-0 victory over Parkway West. She also singled and doubled with two RBIs.

Blue Springs then defeated defending state Class 2 champion Jefferson City Blair Oaks. Kessler pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts. Ashtin Stephens singled in each of four times at bat with one RBI. Bria Taylor singled twice and Alex Abernathy singled and doubled.

Blue Springs followed with a 4-0 victory over Blue Springs South as Kessler pitched a three-hitter and doubled twice with two RBIs. Kelsey Brady’s sacrifice fly drove in one run and Abernathy singled twice with one RBI.

Blue Springs scored two runs ins the fifth inning and added two more in the sixth.

“We played with them for a few innings,” South coach Vickie Brummel said.

Abernathy doubled in the two winning runs in top of the eighth innings as Blue Springs edged Troy-Buchanan 4-2 in the finals. Kessler pitched a three-hitter and struck out six. Nikki White singled twice.

Troy-Buchanan tied the score 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“It was a really good tournament and we played four quality teams,” Blue Springs coach Roger Lower said. “Kessler pitched well and we got enough offense to support her.”

 After defeating Park Hill 11-2 and Southern Boone 7-1 Friday, South fell to rival Blue Springs and Fort Zumwalt South 10-6 to finish fourth in the tournament,

Fort Zumwalt South overcame a six-run South second inning for the victory.

In the top of the third inning, South starter Megan Schwindler took a pitch on the hand.  She gave up two walks and a hit and was replaced by Michaela Tolliver, who didn’t nave sufficient time to warm up.

“If Schwindler doesn’t get hurt I think we win the game,” Brummel said.

A four-run seventh inning snapped a 6-6 tie and gave Fort Zumwalt the win.

Kaitlin Schaberg went 7-for-13 with four RBIs, Maddie Watkins 6-for-15 with three RBIs, four runs scored and four RBIs, Brooke Parker 6-for-11 with four runs scored and two stolen bases and Kelsey Dean 5-for-11 with three RBIs and two runs scored. In leading the Jaguars offense.

“The top of our lineup did pretty good,” Brummel said.