The Blue Springs softball team repeated as the champion of the Joplin Tournament.

The Blue Springs softball team repeated as the champion of the Joplin Tournament.

Kelsey Kessler pitched four of the team’s five victories, including a no-hitter in the Wildcats’ march to the title over the weekend.

“Overall, for starting out with five kids who had never played varsity before, I thought that we did pretty well,” Blue Springs coach Roger Lower said. “We see teams we don’t see all year.”

Kessler spaced seven hits and struck out 14 in the Wildcats’ opening 7-2 victory over Neosho. Ashtin Stephens singled three times and Kristen Heil and Kennedy Dujakovich each singled twice.

Kessler struck out nine and a fourth-inning walk was all that cost her a six-inning perfect game in an 8-0 no-hit win over McDonald County. Nikki White had three RBIs on a two-run double and sacrifice fly.

Blue Springs defeated Seneca 15-0 in a three-inning game. Alex Abernathy was the winning pitcher. Madison Hood singled and doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs and Stephens singled twice and scored two runs.

Kessler spaced three hits and struck out eight in a 9-1 repeat victory over McDonald County.

The Wildcats had 16 hits. Stephens singled three times, Bria Taylor had three singles and three RBIs, Kessler singled and doubled and Dujakovich singled three times with two RBIs.

Blue Springs upended Webb City 5-1 in the finals as Kessler spaced six hits and struck out 10. Hood and Kessler each singled twice. Kelsi O’Neil singled and doubled in two runs during a decisive four-run fourth innings that erased  a 1-0 Webb City lead.

RAYTOWN SOUTH TOURNAMENT: Fourteen errors proved costly as St. Mary’s fell to Lone Jack 16-1 to finish 1-3 in the Raytown South Junior Varsity Tournament.

“We had way too many errors,” St. Mary’s coach Sara Kenney said. “We’re young but we can’t continue to allow so many errors.”

Catcher Hannah Kielty singled in the only St. Mary’s run.