Suburban softball roundup: Panthers knock off unbeaten Trojans

Park Hill South picked up a win over rival Park Hill on Monday, Sept. 9 at Park Hill High School.

The Panthers won 5-2 despite having only four hits in the contest and handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.

In the two-run fourth inning, the Panthers took advantage of two errors by the Trojans.

Chantice Phillips opened by reaching on an error and Meggen Keller singled to put runners on the corners. A fly ball by Annabelle Winter was dropped and two runs scored.

Keller had a sac fly and Phillips hit an RBI in the three-run top of the fifth. Another error by Park Hill accounted for another run.

Down 5-0, the Trojans scored their only runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Grace Woods doubled to open the inning and Nia Muniz singled for the first run for Park Hill. Kaydence Smail singled and that moved Muniz to third. Muniz then scored home on a double steal, making it 5-2.

Winter earned the win, giving up seven hits over seven innings. Kaylyn Jones struck out 13 in seven innings for Park Hill, giving up zero earned runs.

Other games

Joplin Tournament

Park Hill South posted a 3-2 mark at the 15th annual Paige Neal/Christina Freeman Joplin Tournament held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 in Joplin.

The Panthers opened up with three straight wins in pool play on Friday, but lost its final two games on Saturday.

Park Hill South got a 1-hitter from Jesse Hagen in a 12-0 win against Joplin in the first game. She struck out three and the lone hit she yielded, in the third, was promptly erased on the base path after getting thrown out by catcher Meggen Keller trying to steal second.

The Panthers scored two runs in the first and fourth and four runs in each the second and third innings. Hagen hit a two-run homer in the first and Keller blasted a three-run home run in the second inning. Chantice Phillips had three hits and three RBIs for the Panthers, while Trinity Bindel and Maddi Buckler had two hits each.

Park Hill South blanked Seneca, 11-0, behind a combined 1-hitter from Annabelle Winter and Katelyn Pierce. Winter threw four innings and gave up a hit in the fourth. Pierce gave up two base runners in the fifth but got a double play and a strikeout to end any scoring threat. The Panthers scored four runs in the second and seven runs in the fourth.

Phillips hit a two-run homer and a two-run single to drive in four in the victory. Leslie Callahan and Kara Hagen each had two RBIs.

Park Hill South beat Nevada, 10-6, in its final pool play game to go 3-0 to open the day.

The Panthers fell behind 5-0 but then scored seven unanswered to take control.

Callahan and Cassidy Taylor each had two RBIs, while six other players drove in at least one run. Jessie Hagen, Winter, Callahan and Taylor all had two hits.

Jessie Hagen earned the victory for Park Hill South.

On Saturday, the Panthers lost to Blue Springs and Columbia Rock Bridge.

Blue Springs scored four runs in the first to set the tone for the win, led by a solo home run to lead off the frame by Savannah Maynard. Five of the Wildcats’ nine hits came in the first as they batted around. Maynard added a two-run homer later in the game, while Bella Andrews had a home run in the fifth inning.

Rock Bridge won 9-6 in the final game on Saturday, giving the Panthers fourth place.

Park Hill South went up 4-0 in the first, but the Bruins scored six straight to take the lead. The Panthers forged a tie at 6-6 in the top of the fifth, but Rock Bridge’s three runs in the bottom half of the inning was the difference.

Gabbie Schultz hit a two-run home run for the Panthers in the fifth that forged the tie.

A three-run homer by Madison White in the bottom half of the inning provided the difference in the outcome.

Platte County 8, Excelsior Springs 4

The Pirates scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning to break a tie in a game on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Platte City.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first but the Pirates came back with three in the second to tie it. The teams were tied at 4-4 after three innings before the late push by Platte County (5-2).

Abby Reynolds had a two-run double and Gracie Erickson followed with an RBI double to help the Pirates tie the game at 3. Down by a run in the bottom of the third inning, Hayden Humes doubled home a run.

Wichita State commit Paige Rocha had a two-run double in the fifth for Platte County.

TODD NUGENT PHOTOGRAPHY/Special to the Citizen  Platte County pitcher Emma Koeneke delivers a pitch home against Excelsior Springs during a game on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Platte City.

TODD NUGENT PHOTOGRAPHY/Special to the Citizen

Platte County pitcher Emma Koeneke delivers a pitch home against Excelsior Springs during a game on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Platte City.

Erickson’s big day continued with an RBI triple in the sixth inning and she then scored on Madison Carter’s line drive that was misplayed.

The Pirates finished with five doubles and six total extra base hits. Rocha and Erickson each had three hits in the victory.

Emma Koeneke (four innings) got the win in relief, giving up no hits and struck out five.

Platte County 16, Raytown South 1

Clinging to a 2-1 lead after one inning, the Pirates busted open the Suburban Conference Blue Division game on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with a nine-run second inning.

The Pirates (4-2) got an RBI triple from Paige Rocha and a sac fly by Grace Heater in the first before taking an 11-1 lead after two innings. The big hit was an inside-the-park grand slam by Gracie Erickson. Madison Shields doubled in a pair of runs, while the other three came on an error, passed ball and bases-loaded walk to Halle Magee.

Platte County added four runs in the fourth, all coming with two outs. Heater had a two-run triple and scored on Madison Carter’s double, who later scored on a passed ball.

Carter had three hits, while Erickson added a pair for the Pirates, who finished with 10.

Chloe Helmer fanned four and earned the win on the mound for Platte County.