Platte County avoided allowing Kearney to invoke the run-rule and even fought back from a big deficit in a 10-3 loss Thursday, Sept. 1 at Platte County High School.
Down 10-1 after five innings, the Pirates used strong defense to help sophomore starter Shayla Kohler wriggle out of a jam in the top of the six, and they came back to score two in the bottom of the frame to close the gap. Paige Rocha hit a one-out double to start the rally, and Tori Farr singled her home with a hard-hit ball that glanced off the glove of Kearney’s second baseman.
Farr scored from second when Lauren Magee slapped a single to the opposite field with two outs.
Platte County actually took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first in a similar scenario. Rocha led off with a double, and Farr singled her home. Kearney scored twice in the third to take the lead for good, and Farr, playing shortstop, snared a half-dozen liners in critical situations.
Kearney extended the lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth with a bloop single, two errors and two singles. Farr caught a pair of line drives in the inning to back Kohler, who allowed 14 hits and struck out one.
In the fifth, Kearney’s Micah Allen cleared the bases with an inside-the-park grand slam to right field. Grace Jeffries followed with a triple to RF, scoring on the first of two doubles for Lexi Kemp in a five-run frame.
After a quiet bottom of the fifth for Platte County, Kearney put a runner on second with no outs. Farr then caught a line drive and doubled off the baserunner. Kimp followed with a double to left field, but Pirates left fielder Janessa Barmann tracked the ball down and threw to Farr, who used her relay to cut Kimp out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
After a 3-0 start to the season, Platte County had lost three of four since losing freshman pitcher Gracie Erickson to a hand injury. The Pirates were schedule to play Raytown South on Tuesday, Sept. 6, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.
Park Hill South 9, St. Joseph Central 1
The Panthers continued to show off power at the plate in a Suburban Conference Red Division matchup Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo.
After allowing an unearned run in the top of the first, Park Hill South immediately tied it with Chantice Phillips’ second home run of the season. A two-out walk for Megan Keller and back-to-back RBI singles for Carolyn Stock and Sam Ahrendt put the Panthers ahead for good.
In the second inning, Emma Beuerlein reached with a two-out single, Kate Kobayashi doubled, Phillips reached on an error to score a run and Jessie Hagen walked to load the bases. Keller followed with a grand slam to left-center field for her first career home run.
Up 8-1, Park Hill South scored a final unearned run in the fifth on Stock’s RBI double to right-center field.
Olivia Kinsey threw a complete game and struck out 10 while allowing only two hits and one walk. A single and the walk came in the first inning, leading to a run on an error. She allowed a one-out single in the third and then retired 14 of the final 15 batters faced, including seven strikeouts.
Raymore-Peculiar 8, Park Hill 3
The Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, Sept. 1 at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. but were unable to generate a bigger comeback in a Suburban Conference Gold Division matchup.
Raymore-Peculiar struck for six runs in the top of the third against Park Hill starter Peyton Morehouse and added single tallies in the top of the fourth and top of the sixth. Morehouse struck out four and allowed eight hits and three walks.
Down 8-0, Park Hill forged a two-out rally to score three unearned runs. Morehouse doubled in Josie Heckman (reached on error) and Kali Day (fielder’s choice), and Alexa Lashbrook followed with a double.