KCI softball roundup: Plattsburg beats West Platte, North Platte

Plattsburg completed the Platte County sweep by beating West Platte, 3-2, on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Plattsburg.

The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the fourth inning, though West Platte got a run in the sixth to pull closer in the KCI Conference contest.

Hailey Shepardson had an RBI single in the third inning for West Platte. In the sixth, back-to-back two-outs by Emily VaNatta and Laura Hill led to the run as VaNatta took home on an error on Hill’s hit that got her to third base.

The tying run was left stranded in that inning.

The game ended with the tying run thrown out at third base in the top of the seventh inning.

Anisa Porter had a solo home run for Plattsburg and added a sac fly in the fourth inning. 

Shepardson had two hits for West Platte.

Plattsburg 7, North Platte 5

Early runs made the difference as Plattsburg pulled away for a victory in KCI Conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Dearborn.

North Platte accounted for all of its runs in the final three innings. Down 4-0 after two innings, a three-run fifth inning got things going for the Panthers.

Jordyn Smith had a two-run single and Jaylin Burgess scored on a double steal, making it 4-3. The tying run was thrown out at home, while the inning ended on a caught stealing attempt at third base.

The Tigers went up 6-3 on Cole Hodge’s RBI double, but Gracie Ramsey’s double pulled North Platte within 6-4. With the tying run on second base, a fly ball ended the inning.

North Platte got an RBI single by Scarlett Sluganz with two outs. The tying run came to the plate but Hodge got a strikeout to end the game.

Sluganz and Jordyn Smith had two hits each for North Platte.

Brooklyn May had a two-run home run for Plattsburg. 

NATE KENDALL/Special to the Citizen  West Platte’s Colby Shepardson swings during a game against Lawson on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Weston.

NATE KENDALL/Special to the Citizen

West Platte’s Colby Shepardson swings during a game against Lawson on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Weston.

Lawson 10, West Platte 1

The Cardinals scored the first seven runs of the game to roll to a KCI Conference win on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Benner Park in Weston.

The lone run for the Bluejays came in the fourth inning on Alyssa Stewart’s RBI single.

West Platte had only five hits in the loss. 

West Platte 20, Bishop LeBlond 3

The Bluejays had their best offensive output in more than a decade in a win over the Golden Eagles on Monday, Sept. 30 in St. Joseph.

After an inning, the Bluejays led 2-1 before scoring 15 runs during the next two innings.

West Platte had scored 18 runs in two different games this year, but the last time it had more than 20 was a 21-7 win over St. Mary’s of Independence back on Sept. 17, 2009 — a program that ended in 2012.

Emily VaNatta drove in four runs on three hits for West Platte, while Ashley Goodwin drove in three on a pair of hits. Laura Hill, Melanie Waters and Karah Dunham all had two hits as well for West Platte, which had 13 hits.

Waters and Dunham had two RBIs each for West Platte, which had eight different players drive in at least one.

Mid-Buchanan 6, North Platte 3

The Panthers pulled within 4-3 but came up short in a KCI Conference game on Thursday, Sept. 26 in Faucett.

North Platte had single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings against the Dragons.

Jordyn Smith hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Jaylin Burgess’ RBI single in the sixth made it 4-3. A caught stealing and a double play ended the inning.

Mid-Buchanan added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. North Platte brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the final inning but a pop up ended the game.

North Platte 12, North Andrew 2

The Panthers picked up a run-rule victory on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Dean Park in Dearborn.

North Platte scored six runs in the third inning and four more in the fifth to end the game earlier.

The Panthers went up 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning on a steal of home by Loren Patee and  Scarlett Sluganz scoring on a passed ball. 

The big inning included a two-run double by Loree French and two-run single by Gracie Ramsey. 

Sluganz hit a two-run home run to open the scoring in the fifth inning. Jordyn Smith’s two-run single capped the scoring and ended the game early.

Ryann Smith had three hits, while Olivia Rodgers and Ramsey had two for North Platte.