Park Hill South softball beats rival, goes on to wrap up Red Division title

Park Hill South scored five times in the fourth in a 6-0 win against Park Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 22 to finish off a season sweep in the rivalry series. Up 1-0 after shortstop Kate Kobayashi singled and scored on an error in the first, the Panthers padded the lead with a walk and four singles against Park Hill starter Peyton Morehouse, who walked Georgia Clark to start the fourth. Taylor Johnson followed with a single, and Taylor McCoy reached on a grounder to third that resulted in Clark being thrown out at the plate.

Kobayashi then flew out to center for the second out.

Kasey Sadler, Kylie DeClue and Erika Lutgen each followed with two-out singles with DeClue and Lutgen driving in two apiece. Olivia Kinsey, Park Hill South’s starting pitcher, then capped the five-run frame with a double to left field.

Park Hill South finished with 13 hits and put a runner in every inning but stranded 10 runners — six in scoring position — while making three outs on the basepaths. Kinsey’s double was the Panthers’ only extra-base hit.

Kinsey pitched five innings and struck out 13, fanning the side in the second, fourth and fifth. She allowed only one walk and faced the minimum before giving way to Carolyn Stock in the sixth. Park Hill’s Sarah Werner managed a leadoff double in the seventh to break up the no-hitter. The Trojans avoided the perfect game with a hit by pitch with one out in the previous inning.

Park Hill broke a four-game losing streak on Thursday, Sept. 24 with a 13-8 win at Truman — the Trojans’ third in Suburban Conference Red Division play (3-5). They went on to lose four straight in the Kewpie Classic at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo. over the weekend, dropping to 4-22 overall.

Park Hill South 9, St. Joseph Central 0

Lutgen hit a 3-run home run in the first Monday, Sept. 28 at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo., helping the Panthers wrap up the Red Division title early.

Park Hill South sat at 17-3 entering a nonconference matchup Tuesday, Sept. 29 against Raytown South with an 8-0 league mark. The Panthers close Red Division play with a doubleheader against Ruskin on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and play in the St. Joseph Benton Tournament this weekend.

Lutgen hit the first pitch she saw over the left-field wall to score Kobayashi and DeClue, who both walked, to build a 3-0 lead. Stock added an RBI double to put Park Hill South up 4-0. Central managed only two hits against Kinsey, who struck out 14 and stranded all three runners she allowed to reach at first base.

Park Hill South 11, North Kansas City 3

Stock threw a complete game to earn the win in a nonconference game Friday, Sept. 25 in North Kansas City, Mo. She struck out 12 and allowed six hits, one walk and only two earned runs.

North Kansas City led 1-0 after plating a single run on a two singles, a walk and an error in the first — an advantage that held up until the fourth. DeClue’s two-run single scored Kobayashi and Sadler, who both singled earlier in the frame, but the Hornets came back to tie the score at 2-2 with an unearned run on an error in the bottom of the fifth.

Kobayashi and Sadler walked and singled to start the sixth, and DeClue drove in both with a triple to center field.

Park Hill South ended up with eight in the inning, five unearned, thanks to a trio of errors. The final five runs all came with two outs.