West Platte softball wins 2nd straight early in season after winless 2015

West Platte won a second straight behind a shutout from freshman pitcher Karah Dunham on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Benner Park in Weston, Mo.

Dunham struck out five and allowed only two hits and a walk, while West Platte played clean defense behind her. The Bluejays drew a season-high 10 walks and took advantage of eight O’Hara errors. 

Sikoya Richard (double) and Lea Moose (triple) contributed two hits apiece and had the only ones to go for extra bases for West Platte.

A week earlier, West Platte ended a losing streak dating back to the Class 2 District 15 championship game in 2014. Rainouts kept the Bluejays from playing again until the O’Hara game, giving them a two-game streak after going winless in 2015.

East Buchanan 15, West Platte 0

The Bluejays lost their KCI Conference opener Thursday, Sept. 1 in Gower, Mo., unable to keep up their recent momentum. They had a 2-4 record entering a scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 7 matchup against Summit Christian.

West Platte hosts its postponed invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Benner Park.

Lathrop 7, North Platte 0

The Panthers avoided a no-hitter in a loss to the defending Class 2 state champions Thursday, Sept. 1 in Lathrop, Mo.

North Platte trailed 7-0 when McKenna Fulton led off the top of the seventh with a bunt single for the Panthers first hit. Prior to that, Lathrop starter Brooke Huitt had a perfect game going. Alley Rickel followed Fulton’s single with a blast to the wall that was run down for an out. 
North Platte finished with just one hit, while Huitt struck out 13.

The KCI slate continues Thursday, Sept. 8 with the second matchup of the season with rival West Platte. North Platte won the first meeting during its season-opening tournament.
North Platte 10

NE Nodaway 0, 5 innings

The Panthers dominated a matchup Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Dean Park in Dearborn, Mo., using the occasion to play some younger players and put Fulton in the pitching circle.

Fulton went 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch and scored two runs and drove in two more. Kyra Patch had one double among her three hits and three RBIs, while Gracie Roach contributed a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

North Platte scored in every inning, and Brianna Spieres collected her first career hit, a single to drive in one, while also scoring twice as a courtesy runner.

Jordyn Smith, North Platte’s freshman pitcher, threw three innings and struck out four while allowing one hit to the Blue Jays. Fulton pitched the final two innings and walked one.