Battle at the plate

syeagle@lsjournal.comOctober 2, 2013 

Lee’s Summit may have strung together twice as many hits, but the Tigers only nosed out Lee’s Summit North 2-1 in the game Sept. 30 at Lee’s Summit North.

In the Suburban Big Six showdown, the Tigers had 11 hits compared to the Broncos five.

With Emily Robinson on the mound for Lee’s Summit, the Broncos scored first in the bottom of the third inning.

After Catie Watson struck out and Lexi Rampetsreiter walked, Molly Byers struck out next. But Ashton Heeter hit a single to send Rampetsreiter home.

Bray Dempsey singled on an error and Logan Tootle would have had a hit, but Heeter was called out for being in the base path as she collided with Lee’s Summit shortstop Bailey Baird fielding the ball.

The Tigers didn’t even things up until the top of the fifth inning as Brittany Kendall started things off with a triple. Mo Mosier hit a single to send Kendall home, knotting the score at 1-1.

Natalie Dummitt hit a double to center field, but Robinson struck out and both Rachel Pate and Baird hit fly balls that were caught to end the inning.

Lee’s Summit scored the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning after a single from Sarah Josephson. Alexis Reed hit a sacrifice bunt to move Josephson to second, but Sydney Graham was forced out at first base.

Then Kendall hit a double to send Josephson home and give the Tigers their 2-1 victory.

Lee’s Summit put in Lexi Crabtree to pitch in the bottom of the seventh to close out the win. Lee’s Summit North’s Erica Serrone hit a fly ball that was caught, Rampetsreiter struck out and Byers was forced out at one to end the game.

Robinson threw for six innings for the Tigers, allowing five hits, two runs, one earned, three walks and had six strikeouts. Crabtree pitched for one inning and had one strikeout.

Sarah Lewis pitched all seven innings for the Broncos, allowing 10 hits, two runs, both earned, no walks and had five strikeouts.

With the victory, Lee’s Summit moves to 16-5 for the season, while Lee’s Summit North falls to 10-15.

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