Stepping it up

syeagle@lsjournal.comOctober 16, 2013 

Lee’s Summit may have been the underdogs in the Class 4, District 14 championship game against Blue Springs Oct. 11, but the Tigers didn’t let that stop them.

The No. 2 seeded Tigers took down No. 1 seeded Blue Springs 3-1 at Blue Springs South.

“(I am) so pleased with the way all the girls performed,” Lee’s Summit head coach Tracy Bertoncin said. “We were the underdogs in the game but didn’t play like it. The energy level of all the players, bench and fans was electric.”

It was the third time this season that the two teams had met, but the first time Lee’s Summit came out on top.

The Tigers started things off in the second inning after Rachel Pate singled. Bailey Baird singled next and Sarah Josephson hit a sacrifice fly ball to send Pate to third. Alexis Reed hit a line drive to center field, but Pate scored to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Lee’s Summit scored again in the fourth inning as Emily Robinson hit a home run over the center field wall. And in the sixth inning, with two outs, Robinson doubled to left field with Peyton Callaway put in as a courtesy runner. Pate doubled to right field to score Callaway and put the Tigers up 3-0.

Blue Springs scored in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“Our defense also had a great night only committing one error and having a huge defensive stop in the fifth inning when Blue Springs had runners at second and third with no outs,” Bertoncin said. “Bailey Baird was able throw out a runner at home on a fielder's choice. Overall, the game was a team win.”

On the mound, Robinson pitched all seven innings for Lee’s Summit, allowing three hits, with one run, earned, one walk and struck out seven batters.

Robinson also had one run, two hits, a double and a home run and a RBI. Pate had one run, two hits, a double, and a RBI. Baird had two hits, Reed had one RBI and Callaway had one run.

Lee’s Summit, 20-6, travel to Raymore-Peculiar to take on the Panthers in a Class 4 sectional game at 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

To get to the title game, the Tigers first had to get through No. 3 seeded Lee’s Summit West in the semifinals Oct. 10.

Lee’s Summit scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and two in the third to shut out the Titans 6-0.

The Tigers were led by Pate with two runs, three hits and one RBI and Reed with with two hits, a double and four RBIs. Mo Mosier, Natalie Dummitt and Josephson had one run apiece. Robinson had one hit and one RBI and Baird had one run and one hit.

Robinson also pitched for seven innings, allowing four hits, three walks and had eight strikeouts.

Daphne Plummer threw all six innings for Lee’s Summit West, allowing seven hits, six runs, four earned, one walk and had five strikeouts.

Sam Chiarelli, Lesli Watkins, Monica Taulbert and Bobbi Bodenhamer each had one hit.

The Tigers blanked No. 7 seeded Raytown South 16-0 in the first round Oct. 9, while the Titans took down No. 6 seeded Raytown 7-2.

Lee’s Summit West ends the season with a 22-9 record.

No. 5 seeded Lee’s Summit North slipped past No. 4 seeded Blue Springs South 3-2 in the first round Oct. 9, but lost to Blue Springs 2-1 in the semifinals.

The Broncos end the season with a 12-17 record.

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