South softball levels up Red Division record; Park Hill grabs 4th win

Park Hill South pounded out 14 hits and scored double-digit runs for the fourth time in the first six games, leveling their Suburban Conference Red Division record with a 16-6 five-inning blowout win Tuesday, Aug. 29 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Kate Kobayashi (three) and Jessie Hagen, Chantice Phillips, Taylor Johnson and Emma Beuerlein (two apiece) all had multi-hit games for Park Hill South (3-3, 1-1) against St. Joseph Central. Kobayashi, Hagen and Leslie Callahan scored three runs apiece.

Beuerlein tripled in a run in the top of the second, and Callahan followed with a sacrifice fly from the No. 9 spot. Kobayashi, Hagen and Phillips then hit back-to-back-to-back doubles in what ended up a seven-run inning with 10 batters coming to the plate for the Panthers.

Kobayashi added a two-run double and scored on Phillips’ sacrifice fly in a four-run third, putting Park Hill South ahead 12-4.

Hagen started but didn’t make it out of the second inning, charged with all four of Central’s second-inning runs. Gracie Dieleman came on in relief and gave up just three hits and two runs in four innings.

Park Hill South had a week off before resuming Red Division play Tuesday, Sept. 5 against Truman. The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

Park Hill 8, Excelsior Springs 3

The Trojans earned their fourth win, already matching their total from each of the previous two seasons, with a nonconference win Monday, Sept. 4 at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo.

Scoring four runs in each of the first two innings, Park Hill held on behind 6 1/3 innings of work from junior starter Peyton Morehouse (four strikeouts). Kaylyn Jones came on in the seventh and struck out the final two batters to finish off Excelsior Springs, which produced six hits and scored all three runs in the top of the fifth to close within 8-3.

Kali Day drove in three runs for Park Hill, while Chloe Strickland had three hits.

Raymore-Peculiar 2, Park Hill 0

A pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second sank the Trojans on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Raymore, Mo.

Still looking for the first win in Suburban Conference Gold Division since joining last season, Park Hill lost by two runs in league play for a second straight game. Jones allowed only three hits in six innings, but two came following a one-out error in the second.

Morehouse singled and reached third in the first inning on Katie Wood’s double, but both ended up stranded. The Trojans left runners in scoring position in the first, second and fifth — five total. Morehouse doubled with two outs in the fifth for the last of their four hits.

Lee’s Summit West 4, Park Hill 2

The Trojans mounted a late rally but couldn’t catch up in a Suburban Conference Gold Division loss Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo.

After opening the league slate with a blowout loss to Blue Springs the day before, Park Hill fell behind 4-0 despite a solid start from Morehouse (seven innings, four strikeouts). Lee’s Summit West scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh.

Park Hill’s Wood (single) and Alexa Lashbrook (walk) reached in the seventh, and Day hit a two-out, two-run triple to bring the tying run to the plate. The Trojans couldn’t take advantage in their third straight loss.