The high school careers of Blue Springs South graduates Easton Seib and Abby Sciara couldn’t have possibly ended any better after Monday’s Mo-Kan All-Star Softball Series.
After helping the Jaguars winning the Class 4 state championship last October, defeating the best teams Missouri has to offer, they helped Team Missouri sweep Team Kansas with 6-1 and 6-4 victories at the Shawnee Mission School District Softball Complex.
“It’s a blast and I am glad I get to spend one more night with Abby and Easton,” South and Team Missori head coach Kisti Williams said.
Sciara was named Team Missouri’s Most Valuable player as she was a double short of the cycle in Game 1. She hit a two-run shot third that easily cleared the center-field fence in the third inning, had a single in the fifth and a triple in the seventh. She went 0-for-2 in Game 2, but had a stolen base as a pinch runner in the fourth.
“It was awesome,” said Sciara, who was South’s first MVP in the All-Star Softball Series. “I didn’t know who was going to get it because everyone hit so good today. I was really happy that I got it.”
Her home run was a part of of a six-run third inning that boosted Missouri to a win. Lee’s Summit West’s Carson Staponski and Staley’s Alana Vawter hit back-to-back home runs and Staley’s Katelyn Kiser also had a two-run blast in the inning.
“Everyone else was hitting home runs, so I just wanted to join,” Sciara said. “Why not?”
Fellow Eastern Jackson County teammate, Truman’s Chloe Armstrong, also enjoyed the show Team Missouri put on in the third inning of Game 1.
“That was unbelievable,” Armstrong said. ‘Those were all monster shots, too.”
While Sciara was slugging, Seib kept Kansas at bay, allowing just one run in four innings of relief, picking up the win. Despite a small strike zone, she managed to consistently induce weak contact from the Kansas hitters.
Monday’s game marked the last time that Sciara, Seib and Williams will get to spend together on the same team.
“It was awesome to have my coach and Easton with me,” Sciara said. “It was the best time ever. I am so happy.”
Seib had similar feelings.
“This was really fun,” Seib said. Some of these girls are my best friends. I played (competitive softball) with some of these girls. It was a good time to see them again. I love Abby to death. I think most of my emotions came out in our last high school game.
“I feel really blessed and really fortunate.”
In Game 2, Armstrong helped Missouri add an insurance run with an RBI double down the left-field line in the fourth inning. Her team scored five runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.
“It was blast,” Armstrong said. “When we had practice Thursday, we meshed really well together. We came here today, we meshed well again. It was great to have this experience, play this game and play with these wonderful girls.”
Lee’s Summit North graduate Sydney Ross agreed.
“It was super fun,” Ross said. “I know most of them through competitive and high school (softball). Getting to play with them instead of against them was really fun.
“This was a better end than what happened during my high school season, so I was glad to be a part of it.”
Williams had a similar experience.
“This was so much fun for me to get to know some of these girls,” Williams said. “You find out why their coaches love them so much when you go to these all-conference meetings. It’s such an honor to get to do it.”