It doesn’t take long to figure out Cheyenne Watkins and Brooke Parker bring a level of speed to the softball diamond unparalleled so far this early season.

It doesn’t take long to figure out Cheyenne Watkins and Brooke Parker bring a level of speed to the softball diamond unparalleled so far this early season.

Blue Springs South’s No. 1 and No. 2 hitters were all over the base paths Wednesday at Adair Park, sparking the Jaguars to a 10-0, five-inning win over Belton in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational.

“The 1-2 hitters, Cheyenne and Parker, they make our offense run,” Jaguars head coach Vickie Brummel said. “When they can get on base, we score runs. Their speed – all we gotta do is keep the ball on the ground – when they put the ball on the ground they’re going to get on base.

“And that sets the plate for Kaitlin (Schaberg) and Logan (Spaw), our 3-4 hitters. So, yeah, they definitely make the offense run.”

With the Jaguars already up 4-0 in the top of the third inning, Watkins and Parker were off and running again to spark a four-run inning.

Watkins led off the inning with a bunt single and with Parker at the plate, she immediately stole second base and continued on to third when Belton’s third baseman was late covering the base.

Parker followed with a bunt single down the third base line that forced Watkins to hold at third. Undeterred, Parker continued around first base and into second without a play when Belton’s defense again failed to cover an open base.

Kaitlin Schaberg followed with a bloop single to center field that scored Watkins and Parker later scored on a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-0. The Jaguars would score two more times in the inning and added another run in the top of the fifth to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

“I love putting pressure on the defense,” the sophomore Watkins said. “I just love running.”

Parker, a junior, said the Jaguars’ running game is going to be key to what they believe is going to be a special season.

“I play on a summer team with (Watkins) and we just love putting pressure on a defense,” Parker said. “It’s so much fun. When you play small ball, they have to think ‘go fast’ and then they bobble and you take advantage of what they give you.

“Last year, we didn’t have any seniors, so we didn’t lose anybody. Last year was like our year to build up and this year we’re coming out with a fight that we’re going to win it, so I’m excited. We have a really good starting pitcher (Michaela Tolliver) and starting catcher (Spaw) and our seniors are great. I love ‘em.”

Added Watkins: “I’m glad we’re all back together. We have two good freshmen (pitcher Megan Schwindler and catcher Madison Giles) that came in, and everybody’s playing really good.”

Tolliver pitched five innings of one-hit ball and struck out two, while Schwindler pitched a scoreless inning of relief to help the Jaguars to their third shutout win in three games, something Brummel likes so far this season.

Tolliver and Schwindler teamed up for a 10-0, six-inning no-hitter over Raytown on Monday, then Schwindler followed with 15-0 four-inning, no-hit win over Odessa.

“We’ve had three shutouts,” Brummel said, “and in three games we’ve only given up one hit. Right now, we’re just rotating (pitchers), one starts and one’s in relief. There’s really no 1 or 2, they’re just rotating around.”