Chrisman uses bats to stay on hot streak

By The Examiner staff

The William Chrisman softball team has used its bats to fuel a recent hot streak.

The Bears pounded out 14 hits in five innings Thursday to rout visiting Raytown 15-3 for a Suburban Middle Six victory, their third win in the last four games.

The day before, the Bears tallied 13 hits in a 13-8 win over host Notre Dame de Sion.

Baylee Holloman sparked Chrisman (6-13, 2-2 Middle Six) from the start. She singled to lead off the first inning, stole second and third and scored on Gracie Ussery’s groundout.

Kiara Boldridge then slugged a solo homer to start the second inning and tie it 2-2.

Leading 4-3, the Bears erupted for 11 runs in the fourth inning to pull away.

Ussery pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five in five innings. She also was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Holloman finished 3-for-4 with three runs. Isabel Dufva added three hits and an RBI and Ryann Herod had two hits and two runs.

The Bears went scoreless for the final four innings Wednesday against Sion. Luckily the Bears scored 13 runs in the first three innings.

Chrisman scored four runs in the top of the first inning and followed with two runs in the second and seven in the third to take a commanding 13-0 lead.

Cameron Calhoun went six innings for the win, as Ussery closed it out with a scoreless seventh inning after the Storm had scored three runs in the fourth and four in the sixth to cut the deficit to five.

Clarissa Etter and Boldridge each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Aariana Paprocki (three hits) and Herod (two hits) each doubled and scored three runs, Dufva had a hit and two RBIs and Ussery added a hit, an RBI and two runs.

LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 9, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: After a big win over rival Blue Springs Monday, the Blue Springs South softball team struggled the next two days.

The Jaguars followed with a pair of Suburban Big Eight Conference losses, a 10-0 defeat to Lee’s Summit North Tuesday and a 9-4 setback to Lee’s Summit West on Wednesday.

Blue Springs South held a 4-3 lead after four innings against host Lee’s Summit West, but the Titans erupted for five runs in the fifth inning and tacked on another run in the sixth to pull away.

Abbie Wilhelm, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, suffered the loss in relief of starter Bre Barchak. 

Bailey Brumley added two hits and Brooklyn Clark and Ella Westhoff each had a hit and an RBI for the Jaguars (10-7, 4-3 Big Eight).

Lee’s Summit North starter Cierra Harrison threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout against South Tuesday.

Kinsey Fiedler powered the Broncos (12-1, 6-1) at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Sydney Cure added two hits and two RBIs, Halle Howes and Maddie Burton added two hits each and Logan Turner drove in two.

The Broncos scored three runs in the first and scored in each of the five innings.

Brumley, who took the loss, and McKenna Lester had the Jaguars’ hits.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 10, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 0: Cierra Harrison followed a two-hit shutout of Blue Springs South Tuesday with a two-hit shutout of host Lee’s Summit West Thursday.

Halle Howes was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead North’s 15-hit attack. Kinsey Fiedler, Maddie Burton, Logan Turner and Ella Wright each drove in two runs as the Broncos won their fourth straight to improve to 13-1 overall and 7-1 in the Suburban Big Eight Conference.