After a pair of tough losses in the opening round of the Greater Kansas City Softball Tournament, Platte County bounced back in a big way on Monday, Aug. 27.
The Pirates posted a pair of shutouts on the mound and the offense tallied 29 runs in games played at Adair Park in Independence, Mo.
Play was scheduled to continue Tuesday, but weather forced the postponement of the games. Platte County will play Odessa at 4 p.m. in the bronze bracket.
Park Hill will play an opponent to be determined at 7:15 p.m. in the silver bracket at the same complex.
Platte County 20
William Chrisman 0
A 7-0 run lead after two innings looked comfortable, but a 13-run fourth inning helped the Pirates end on a high note.
Platte County got an RBI single from Stephanie Carroll two batters into the contest to make it 1-0 and she scored on Paige Rocha’s inside-the-park home run.
Four RBI singles in the second — from Carroll, Halle Magee, Shayla Kohler and Janessa Barmann made it 7-0.
The 13-run fourth inning featured a pair of 3-run homers — from Koeneke and Grace Heater. Kohler and Taylor Farr had RBI singles in the frame, while four runs scored on errors and another on a passed ball.
Koeneke threw a 1-hitter for the Pirates, giving up a two-out single in the second inning. She fanned four and needed 39 pitches to get through four innings.
Platte County (2-2) had 15 hits, three by Magee and two each by Carroll, Rocha, Kohler and Heater.
Platte County 9
Notre Dame de Sion 0
In the opening game on Monday, Aug. 27, the Pirates gave Callie Beaver her first career win as a varsity coach.
One big inning — a five-run second — provided a bulk of the offense for the Pirates. Up 1-0 after one on Stephanie Carroll’s fielder’s choice RBI, Platte County busted the game open in the bottom of the second inning.
Carroll’s second RBI, a single, was the lone run-scoring hit in the frame. Two bases-loaded walks, an error and sacrifice fly accounted for the additional four runs.
Hayden Humes, Shayla Kohler and Paige Rocha had run-scoring hits to wrap up the scoring for the Pirates.
Gracie Erickson picked up the win for Platte County, fanning five and giving up two hits in seven innings.
Park Hill 9, Belton 8
Josie Heckman hit a two-run walk-off double to give the Trojans a victory on Monday, Aug. 27, helping Park Hill split its two games on Day 2 of the tournament.
The back-and-forth contest saw the Trojans trailing 8-3 when they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Jackie Qualls’ group then put together the first come-from-behind win of the season.
Belton led throughout, thanks to a three-run first inning and was leading 5-3 in after four before a three-run fifth inning gave them the 8-3 advantage.
The decisive inning for Park Hill (2-2) started with four straight hits — the latter two were RBI singles by Chloe Strickland and Samantha Bertoncino. A sacrifice fly by Shelby Sanders followed before an error made it 8-7.
With two outs on the board, Heckman doubled to center field to score Kali Day and Peyton Morehouse scored to end the contest.
The game featured 29 hits and 11 errors and only seven earned runs.
Morehouse was the winning pitcher for the Trojans, fanning seven and giving up three earned runs over six innings.
Strickland was 3-for-4 to pace the Trojans’ offensive attack. Kennedy Townsend, Bertoncino, Morehouse and Heckman all had two hits.
Holden 5, Park Hill 4
The Eagle scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally for a victory on Monday, Aug. 27.
Tied at 2 after four innings, the Trojans took a 4-2 lead over Holden.
Shelby Sanders hit a sac fly to break the tie and Kali Day’s RBI single gave the Trojans a two-run lead, temporarily.
Bailee Bryant hit a two-run double for Holden with to push her team ahead, 5-4. The Trojans were then held scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.
Chloe Strickland and Sanders each had two hits for Park Hill, which had seven.
Kaylyn Jones fanned seven in six innings on the mound for Park Hill.
Park Hill 5, Platte County 4
In the opening game on Saturday, Oct. 25, the Trojans built and early lead and held off a late charge by the Pirates in a game that ended in six innings.
Park Hill took a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind a two-run triple by Shelby Sanders, who then scored on Kali Day’s single.
Platte County pulled within 3-1 on a double steal, which had Hayden Humes swiping home in the top of the fourth. The Trojans answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBIs from Miranda LaMunyon and Samantha Bertoncino.
The Pirates scored three runs in the top of the sixth — the final inning played due to a time limit. Another run came home on a double steal, this time Halle Magee crossing the plate. Humes scored on an error and Stephanie Carroll had an RBI single for the Pirates for the first run of the inning.
Carroll and Park Hill’s Kennedy Townsend each had three hits in the contest.
Kaylyn Jones was the winning pitcher, giving up three earned runs and striking out eight.
Pleasant Hill 4, Platte County 2
Platte County took a lead early in the contest but couldn’t hold off a late charge by the Chicks in the second game on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Down 1-0 after the first inning, Platte County tied the game on Hayden Humes’ RBI single in the second inning. In the top of the third, the Pirates surged ahead when an error on Janessa Barmann’s grounder wasn’t handled cleanly, bringing home Paige Rocha.
Platte County had two runners in scoring position stranded when the frame ended.
Pleasant Hill then scored three straight runs to rally for the win. Averee Brattin had a two-run single in the bottom of the frame that gave the Chicks the lead, while Sayler Todd’s RBI single provided an insurance run in the fifth.
A time limit in the game meant the Pirates didn’t have a chance to answer in the sixth inning.
Rocha had a pair of hits for the Pirates, who had five.
Pleasant Hill 5, Park Hill 3
The Chicks start the county sweep by topping Park Hill in the game prior to beating Platte County.
The Trojans led 1-0 in the first inning after Kennedy Townsend scored on Kali Day’s fielder’s choice, but Park Hill gave up five straight runs and couldn’t rally.
The Chicks got two runs in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Livi Redwine and Allee Brattin and made it 3-1 in the third on another single by Redwine.
Sayler Todd and Brattin accounted for RBI in the fourth to push the Chicks advantage to 5-1.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Shelby Sanders doubled to bring home a run and Day followed with another double.
The contest ended with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning due to time limit.
Each team had seven hits, with Day collecting three hits for the Trojans.