The Lee’s Summit softball team finished second in the championship gold bracket of the Greater Kansas City Softball Tournament held Aug. 28-31 at Adair Park, Independence.
The Tigers won their pool 2-0 before advancing to the gold bracket. Lee’s Summit lost a close 1-0 championship game to Truman. Truman scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bailey Baird had one hit for the Tigers. Lexi Crabtree pitched for 5 2/3 innings, striking out three batters. Emily Robinson threw for 2/3 innings.
In pool play, Lee’s Summit defeated Park Hill 10-0 and Raytown 13-2. In the Park Hill game, the Tigers scored four runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning and three runs in the fifth inning to seal the victory.
Brittany Kendall had three hits. Sarah Josephson had two hits and two RBIs. Madi Mosier had two hits. Robinson had one walk and two RBIs and Baird had three RBIs.
Robinson pitched for four innings with seven strikeouts. Liz Roccaro threw for one inning.
In the Raytown game, the Tigers led 5-2 at the end of the first inning, but scored four more runs in the second to take a 9-2 lead. Lee’s Summit put in another run in the third and fifth innings and two more in the sixth inning.
Robinson had four hits and three RBIs. Josephson had three hits and four RBIs. Baird had three hits and two RBIs. Roccaro and Natalie Dummitt both had one walk.
Crabtree pitched for four innings with six strikeouts. Roccaro threw for two innings.
The Tigers slipped past Blue Springs South 5-4 in the quarterfinals.
Blue Springs South was ahead 4-2 after the fourth inning, but Lee’s Summit tied things up in the fifth inning and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Dummitt had two hits and Baird had two walks. Robinson had one walk, Rachel Pate had two RBIs and Mosier had one RBI.
Robinson threw for seven innings with four strikeouts.
Lee’s Summit took down Kearney 5-4 in the semifinals to advance to the final round.
The Tigers had a 4-2 lead by the end of the fourth inning and scored one more in the fifth inning.
Robinson had one hit and one walk. Kendall had one walk and one RBI.
Robinson pitched for 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Crabtree threw for 1 1/3 innings and struck out three batters.
After the tournament, the Tigers start out the season with a 4-1 record.
Lee’s Summit North also participated in the tournament, winning their pool outright.
The Broncos took down Oak Park 14-4 and Oak Grove 11-1 in pool play before advancing to the gold championship bracket.
In the Oak Park game, Lee’s Summit North took an early 6-0 lead by the end of the second inning, and scored four more runs in both the third and fourth innings.
Taylor Creason had three hits and three RBIs. Ashton Heeter had three hits and two RBIs. Taylor Urzendowski had one walk and Lexi Rampetsreiter had one walk. Joella Vauthier had three RBIs.
Vauthier pitched for three innings with two strikeouts. Sarah Lewis threw for two innings, striking out five batters.
In the Oak Grove game, the Broncos scored two runs in the third inning, seven runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to seal the victory.
Creason had three hits and two RBIs. Logan Tootle had two hits and two RBIs. Vauthier had two hits and two RBIs. Bailee Bilington and Katie Brandecker both had one walk.
Tootle pitched for five innings with four strikeouts.
In the bracket, Lee’s Summit North lost the quarterfinal game 1-0 to Truman. Truman scored the run in the seventh inning.
Creason had one walk. Lewis pitched for seven innings with six strikeouts.
The rest of the Broncos’ results were not available by press time.