They may want to add “Mantle” to the end of Kenzi Mickey’s name.

They may want to add “Mantle” to the end of Kenzi Mickey’s name.

That’s because the Fort Osage High School junior third baseman hit a softball like the legendary New York Yankees Hall of Famer on Tuesday.

Mickey hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning Tuesday night that they are going to be talking about for a long time at Adair Park as it soared out of Field No. 3, struck two-thirds of the way up the middle of three maple trees in left field and then rolled through the packed parking lot at the Greater Kansas City Suburban Invitational.

“Thank goodness for that tree,” Fort Osage coach Kelly Sullivan said, “because Coach’s car was right out there in the parking lot. If that ball hits a car, it’s going to do some damage.”

When asked about Mickey’s homer, Blue Springs South shortstop Kaitlin Schaberg simply said, “She crushed it.”

But Mickey didn’t have much time to enjoy the blast as South tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the inning and claimed a 14-4 victory.

“It would have meant a lot more if we would have played better and won the game,” Mickey said. “I haven’t been hitting real well (for my summer league team), so it was nice to start the season with a home run.

“I just hope I can hit one where it helps us win.”

Mickey said she did not see the ball soar through the tree and into the parking lot.
“I was too busy running the bases,” she explained. “I knew I hit it hard, but I didn’t know I hit it that hard.”