It wasn’t exactly ideal weather for a no-hitter.
But that didn’t stop Blue Springs pitcher Max Gibler Friday.
The junior threw a weather-shortened, five-inning no-hitter and struck out nine with five walks in a 2-0 Suburban Big Six win over host Lee’s Summit that pulled the Wildcats into a first-place tie in the conference.
“Max Gibler was terrific on a day you felt like you should be golfing in Ireland with the steady rain and wind,” Wildcats coach Tim McElligott said. “He battled the elements. He had been steady all year. That's Max. He gets the ball and goes.”
Jake Lufft doubled home a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning for the game’s only scoring. Blue Springs collected seven hits.
“The kids were focused – a good conference win,” McElligott said after his team improved to 15-9 overall and tied Lee’s Summit North atop the Big Six standings at 5-2.
Gianna Palmentere scored off an Alexis Mitchell corner kick late in the second overtime as Lee’s Summit North edged Raymore-Peculiar 3-2 in a Suburban Big Six match Thursday.
The Broncos, trying to get off to a strong start, built a 2-0 lead before Ray-Pec stormed back to tie it.
“We came out at the start of the game and put a lot of pressure on Ray-Pec,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “We made it a priority to come out and win the first five minutes of the match. Keelie (Fothergill) got the first goal on a PK less than 10 minutes into the match. Before that we created several chances but could not find the back of the net.”
Palmentere scored the second goal a few minutes later to put the Broncos ahead 2-0.
Paxton Weatherly and Reagan Edwards scored for Ray-Pec to tie it.