Reggie Kanagawa got the Blue Springs softball team off on the right foot in Thursday’s home doubleheader against Park Hill.
The junior tossed a no-hitter with two walks and struck out 11 to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 Suburban Big Seven victory over the Trojans at Coen Field. Blue Springs then pounded out 15 hits to complete the sweep with an 18-2 rout in the nightcap.
“We hit the ball hard in the first game and we hit it often in the second game,” Wildcats coach Jim Brandner said after his team improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. “We were real happy to get a couple of conference wins.”
Five of the six hits in the first game went for extra bases, including triples by Taylor Snead and Hope Ammons. Bella Andrews, Mati Busker and Sierra Meyer all doubled as the Wildcats scored one in the second inning and two each in the third and fourth.
Winning pitcher Savannah Maynard (3-for-4), Kelsey Baird (2-for-2) and Andrews (1-for-3) each drove in three runs in the second game. Snead was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Morghan Holland added two hits. Maynard allowed four hits in the four-inning complete game.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 16, LEE’S SUMMIT 1: Blue Springs South coach Kristi Williams said Thursday’s win over Lee’s Summit wasn’t about the game because the Tigers were distracted by mourning the unexpected death of Lee’s Summit head track and field coach and assistant football coach Scott Wilkinson.
“Today's game was about a lot more than a win and loss for us and Lee's Summit,” Williams said. “It was about getting back out on the field after a horrible loss for those Lee's Summit girls. Our girls were just wanting to help them get through it. Both teams showed resilience in their own ways. Both teams put a lot in perspective today. Our girls just want Lee's Summit to know we care about them, and that we are here for them during this difficult time.”
Kailee Odegard went 2-for-2 with a triple and four RBIs and Hailey Woolf had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs to lead the Jaguars (15-1, 6-0 Suburban Big Seven).
WINNETONKA 11, FORT OSAGE 9: Paige Hayden slugged her eighth home run of the season and Brooke Doherty slammed a three-run blast but a late rally fell short as Fort Osage suffered a non-conference road loss Thursday.
“Overall, I was pleased with their effort,” Indians coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We played the field better but struggled early with our pitching.”
The Indians totaled 14 hits to Winnetonka’s 16. Hayden also tripled and drove in three runs, Alecia Monday went 3-for-5 and scored two runs, Maeli Collins doubled and Chloe Harris and Taylor Vaughn each had two hits and an RBI.
The Indians trailed 10-2 before scoring four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to make it close.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 16-19, RUSKIN 0-2: Chrisman pounded out 27 hits to roll to a pair of Suburban Middle Six home wins over Ruskin Thursday.
Sam Atagi hit a home run and winning pitcher Adrianna Solary doubled twice and singled in the 16-0 win. Tawnie Griffin added three hits and Meaghan Stark tripled twice for the Bears, who scored five in the first inning and nine in the second.
The Bears erupted for 13 first-inning runs in the 19-2 win in the second game. Solary slugged a grand slam and singled with six RBIs and Stark had a home run and a single to spark the Bears. Malia Atagi and Griffin (double) each added two hits.
PLEASANT HILL 8, GRAIN VALLEY 3: Sydney McKinney and Mary Brown each went 2-for-3 but it wasn’t enough as Grain Valley in a home MRVC West loss Thursday.
The Eagles dropped to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
SHERWOOD 2, OAK GROVE 1: Oak Grove struggled at the plate in a non-conference home loss to Sherwood of Creighton Thursday.
Kaitlyn Marsh suffered the loss despite allowing seven hits and striking out 10.
“We struggled again tonight to bunch any hits together,” Panthers coach Terry Parker said. “We have had a couple of games this week where we have gone into the sixth inning tied 0-0 and haven't been able to capitalize. We are hoping to use these experiences to learn and get better.”
Marsh drove in the lone run for Oak Grove (12-5) in the sixth with an RBI double.