Platte County softball goes 1-1 in pool play of GKC Tournament

Platte County played twice in the silver bracket of the Greater Kansas City Softball Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Pirates remained at .500 after two days worth of play in the 24-team field, beating Pleasant Hill in the first round of bracket play before dropping into the third-place game, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, with a loss to Liberty.

The 24-team field participated in pool play on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Adair Park in Kansas City, Mo. with Platte County going 1-1.

Against Odessa, the Pirates scored six runs in the fourth, which included a two-run single for Tori Farr, an RBI double for Dani Major and a two-run double for Lindsey Bogart. Overall, they collected 11 hits in a 13-2 win.

Platte County pitcher Mallory Stoner didn’t allow an earned run and struck out seven, but Odessa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Kloe Hilbrenner led off the game with a triple. Platte County scored in every inning, taking the lead for good with two runs in the second, and after Odessa plated its final run in the top of the fifth against reliever Linley Weiken, Anna Townsend provided a walkoff win with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

Lee’s Summit North kept Platte County out of the gold bracket with a 10-2 win in the Pirates’ other pool matchup.

Alexis Ray went 3-for-3 out of the leadoff spot for Platte County, but the Pirates were down 6-0 after the top of the second. The Broncos scored seven runs off of Stoner, who walked six in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Ray drove in both of the Pirates’ runs with RBI singles in the second and sixth.

Platte County was scheduled to play Pleasant Hill in the first-round of bracket play and then against either Grain Valley or Liberty later in the day.

Park Hill was scheduled to play for seventh in one of three brackets on Wednesday, Aug. 26 after four straight losses to start the season. The Trojans lost to Harrisonville 14-2 in the first round with Peyton Morehouse and Sarah Cocks collecting an RBI apiece. They were beaten 15-0 by Fort Osage in the first consolation game.

Park Hill went 0-2 in pool play to drop into the bronze bracket.

In the opener, the Trojans lost 15-0 to Oak Grove with Gracen Santoyo recording the lone hit. They lost 4-1 to Belton with Ali Ball taking the loss on the mound. Morehouse and Cocks recorded Park Hill’s only hits with Morehouse driving in the lone run.