The Blue Springs softball team got stellar performances in the circle and at the dish as it rolled to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Sedalia Smith-Cotton in six innings Friday in the War on the Battlefield Tournament in Columbia.
The Jaguars made it a 2-0 start in the tournament by rallying for a 3-2 win over host Columbia Battle in the second game.
Against Smith-Cotton, Bailey Brumley picked up the win and gave up just one hit in four innings and struck out six. Kierra Goos tossed two innings and struck out four.
On offense, catcher Tori Bradley paced the offense by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a double; Brumley went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI and a triple; and Lauren Rogers had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs for the Jaguars.
In the win over Battle, the Jaguars scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Tori Bradley drew a leadoff walk, while Sophia Lopez and Lauren Good followed with singles to load the bases.
McKenna Lester pinch hit and stroked a two-run double to tie it. Lauren Rogers then hit a hard grounder that found its way through the infield to score pinch runner Emily Berry with the winning run.
Addie Lightner pitched the final two innings to earn the win in relief of Goos, who allowed four hits, three walks and two runs while striking out five.
The Jaguars (3-0) and advanced to the semifinals at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
TRUMAN 10, NOTRE DAME DE SION 0: Katie Sutton pitched a gem and helped out at the plate to help the Truman softball team claim a win Thursday.
Sutton allowed just two hits and no walks and struck out six in four scoreless innings to lead the Patriots to a 10-0 five-inning win over host Notre Dame de Sion.
“Katie Sutton threw a beauty, building some confidence in the circle, but the biggest take from this game was the fact that (we) made zero errors,” Truman coach Dan Harper said. "Errors have been eating us alive in our losses and that was addressed at practice yesterday. It looks like our talk paid off as we played error free today."
Sutton also added a hit and two RBIs. Cecelia Mora had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and Myel White also had two hits and two RBIs to help lead Truman. Kennedy Rucker, who pitched the final scoreless inning, added two hits and an RBI and Makenna Pontallion had a hit and two RBIs.
ODESSA 12, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5: The Bears took a 3-0 lead in the first inning but couldn’t hold on in a non-conference loss to the Bulldogs Thursday.
Odessa scored four runs in the second inning and another four in the fourth frame to take the lead for good. Gracie Ussery was the losing pitcher, but at the plate, she had a single and a double to help pace the offense.
Baylee Holloman, Clarissa Etter and Kiara Boldridge each had two hits, as well.
FORT OSAGE 20, NORTH KANSAS CITY 2: The Indians had little trouble downing their Suburban Middle Six foe in a three-inning, mercy rule victory Thursday.
Kyra McIntosh had a solo home run and three RBIs to pace the Indians. Olivia Siefker added three this and three RBIs and Alysa Garlock added two RBIs.