There are certain types of mistakes that Truman softball coach Amy Temples is begrudgingly willing to swallow this time of year.

There are certain types of mistakes that Truman softball coach Amy Temples is begrudgingly willing to swallow this time of year.

She downed several of those in her squad’s 3-0 loss to Lee’s Summit North in the championship quarterfinals of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Invitational on Wednesday at Adair Park.

Unfortunately, Temples also noticed a few miscues she considers unacceptable.

Of the tolerable errors, the Patriots lacked urgency against Broncos starter Haley Kinnison. Kinnison fired a four-hit shutout and whiffed nine Truman batters. She also pitched well in the few minor jams she faced, limiting the Pats to an 0-for-10 effort with runners on base.

“We’ve got to do a better job of hitting the ball early in the count,” Temples said. “We’ve got to be much more aggressive at the plate. And that’s the thing about our hitters that I didn’t get tonight, because I would say the majority of our kids are aggressive kids at the plate. I don’t have an answer for that.”

The Patriots (2-1) also credited Kinnison for consistently locating her fastball on the outside corner.

“I just think that (Kinnison) was throwing outside, and we couldn’t hit that at first,” said Truman freshman right fielder Brooke VunCannon, who stroked one of the Patriots’ four singles. “Then we just kind of lost our confidence and weren’t really cheering or anything. We just weren’t swinging to hit the ball. We were swinging to say we swung.”

Temples was frustrated and baffled by that aspect of her team’s performance, but she said that type of lackluster approach can at least in part be chalked up to early-season rust.

What really irked Temples was how the Broncos plated their runs. In the top of the first, North executed a double steal with two outs after Truman starter Paige Parker struck out Kenzie Sears. Truman catcher Tishina Bradley tossed the ball back to Parker who then turned her back and walked back toward the circle with the ball in hand. At that moment, Lizzie Aller sprinted home and slid safely in front of Parker’s throw for the game’s first run.

“From there on, they had control of the game,” said Truman sophomore Sara Jeffress, who finished 1-for-3 and stole a base. “That’s what it felt like for me. We can’t make plays like that. It was just a lack of focus.”

North added two more runs in the fourth when Ashton Heeter lofted a fly ball toward right field. Initially, it looked like a routine pop-out, but the ball dropped several feet in front of right fielder Bridgette McAuley.

Again, Temples noticed a lack of initiative from several of her players.

“I think we could have had three players converge on that and all possibly catch it,” Temples said. “And we didn’t even have anybody come close to catching it. That’s the kind of thing that’s going to kill us. We will not settle for going down that way.”

Parker took the loss for Truman, although the sophomore struck out 12 batters, including five of the final seven she faced. The defeat sends the Patriots to the consolation side of the gold bracket to face Lee’s Summit West at 4 p.m. today on Adair Park’s Field 1.

“I’m pretty levelheaded in knowing we’ve got work to do,” Temples said. “In a way, that’s good. You don’t want to play your best ball in this tournament. You want to play your best ball at the end of the year. And we’re going to get there. It was a process last year that evolved, and I expect this year it probably will as well.