Blue Springs softball head coach Jim Brandner got his first season off to a strong start.
His Wildcats downed McDonald County 3-1, Carl Junction 14-0 and then edged Seneca 7-6 to finish pool play 3-0 in the Joplin Tournament Friday.
Blue Springs scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and claim the win over McDonald County.
Pitcher Reggie Kanagawa allowed six hits and no walks and struck out nine in a complete-game victory.
Bella Andrews went 3-for-3 and Payton Minnis was 3-for-4 to lead the offense.
Kanagawa allowed one hit and struck out six in three innings and Savannah Maynard struck out two in a scoreless inning in the rout of Carl Junction.
Morgan Holland went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Andrews was 2-for-2 with a double to lead the Wildcats (2-0).
In the win over Seneca, it was tied 6-6 entering the seventh inning. Mati Busker and Minnis singled to lead off the inning, Maddy Lavelle advanced the runners and Kanagawa hit a walk-off single. Bella Andrews hit a home run earlier in the game.
ROCKWOOD SUMMIT INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs South started strong in the Rockwood Summit Invitational in Chesterfield, advancing to Saturday’s semifinals.
The Jaguars pounded out 17 hits in a 16-1 rout of Ladue in the opening round Friday. Seven Jaguars had multiple hits, while five had multiple RBIs.
Kailee Odegard went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored, and Bailey Fowler homered, singled and drove in two to spark South. Madi Hecker added two hits and two RBIs and Mackenzie Musgrove, Haley Woolf and Aubrie Munoz each added two hits.
Easton Seib allowed only one hit and struck out three while facing only 10 batters.
The Jaguars then advanced to the semifinals with a 13-5 win over Park Hills Central. Fowler slugged a pair of home runs and drove in four with a 3-for-4 night. Woolf and Musgrove also each hit home runs, while Musgrove went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and came up just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Mackenzie Warmund and Hecker also added three hits and an RBI each.
The Jaguars (6-1) jumped to a 7-0 lead before Park Hills Central cut the deficit to 8-5. South scored five runs in the sixth to seal the win.
Sydney Righi got the win, pitching all six innings, allowing six hits, five runs, and striking out five.
The Jags advance to the semifinal at 8 a.m. Saturday against Festus.
TRUMAN 11, RAYTOWN SOUTH 1: It was the first game back for Truman sophomore catcher Chloe Armstrong. And did she make an impact.
She was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in a 11-1 five-inning run rule victory over Raytown South Wednesday. The win ended the Patriots four-game losing streak.
“Our kids came to play tonight and it showed on the field,” Truman coach Dan Harper said.
Kara Amos made her debut as well as a freshman pitcher. She was 2-for-4 at the plate and only gave up one run in five innings and struck out nine.
“That's a phenomenal performance on any day,” Harper said, “but especially in your first ever high school game. Needless to say, the team is excited to get back at it next week.”