For six innings, Blue Springs starter Kelsey Kessler was nearly unhittable.

For six innings, Blue Springs starter Kelsey Kessler was nearly unhittable.

She allowed an infield single to Blue Springs South’s Cheyenne Watkins to start the game and did not allow another hit until Kaitlyn Schaberg drilled a one-out double in the top of the seventh inning.

A couple of hits and an error later, the visiting Jaguars had scored two runs, but Kessler took care of business on the mound and at the plate to lead the Wildcats to a 5-2 Suburban Big Six victory Monday afternoon.

“We lost a little focus in the last inning,” Blue Springs coach Roger Lower said, after his team improved to 22-0 and 7-0. “That’s why I’ve been preaching focus all season. We had five runs, and it didn’t hurt us today, but down the road it certainly could.”

The Wildcats started the game in typical fashion with leadoff hitter Ashtin Stephens hitting a line drive off the glove of South starter Michaela Tolliver.

Stephens stole second, went to third on Bria Taylor’s single and scored on Nikki White’s infield ground out.

Kessler then doubled Taylor home for a quick 2-0 lead.

“You always feel better when you have a lead early in the game,” said Kessler, who improved to 19-0 on the season. “And you always want to be beat the crosstown rival.”

When asked what keeps the undefeated Wildcats motivated, Kessler explained, “Winning. We want to go out and win every time we play. I can’t even tell you our record – I just know we’ve won a lot of games this season. And we’re taking it one game at a time.”

That’s the answer Lower likes to hear.

“The girls are motivated because we never talk about being undefeated or going to state or any of that stuff,” he said. “The next time we play, we’re going to be 0-0. And when the game is over, we want to be 1-0.

“Then, we start all over again the next game.”

Blue Springs scored two more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Kessler and a double by catcher Kristen Heil.

“Kristen is a great catcher - especially when she hits RBI doubles,” joked Kessler. “That was a big hit. Especially since South came back and scored a couple in the seventh inning.”

Blue Springs added a solo run in the sixth when Taylor Walls was hit by a pitch and scored on (Bria) Taylor’s double.

“You can’t score too many runs, especially against the big rival,” Kessler said.

South coach Vickie Brummel put a positive spin on her team’s performance.

“Those two runs we scored in the last inning were big,” Brummel said, after the Jaguars fell to 13-10 and 2-5. “We were able to get the bat on the ball against Kelsey and they played great defense.

“Tiffany Murdock had three great at bats and only had one hit to show for it (as shortstop Stephens and third baseman White made outstanding defensive plays to rob her of base hits).

“Against a good team like Blue Springs, you have to make your hits count and you can’t give them any runs. We gave them too many runs today and it hurt us.”