James Damon Blog – State Softball Championship Weekend

State Softball Championship Weekend

The state softball championships wrapped up over the weekend crowning four new state champions, including a record tying performance from one team.  In games covered by Prepcasts-KCMW, the Lee’s Summit advanced to the state championship after a game winning 2 run home run from sophomore first baseman Alexis Reed to knock off Parkway North 3-1 in the semi-final. Click here for that game – The Tigers would storm to their first softball state title behind a strong offensive performance from junior shortstop Bailey Baird.  Baird, who entered the game with no homers and 8 RBI’s for the season, hit two 2-run home runs and drove in 5 runs for the day.  Jumping to an early lead, the Tigers cruised to a 7-1 win over the Webb City Cardinals. Click here for that game – Eureka, who fell in extra innings to Webb City, defeated Parkway North 10-0 for third place.
In class 3, the Centralia Panthers – click here for the Semi-Final game – tied another Panther squad as they won their third consecutive state championship, knocking off the Blair Oaks Falcons 9-2.  Baylee Douglas, former verbal commit to North Texas, but recently reopening her availability, powered her way past Harrisonville with 16 strikeouts in the semi-final, and then despite not her strongest showing of the year, had more than enough to lead the Panthers to another title.  The third title in a row matched the state record efforts of another Clarence Cannon Panther foe, that of the Palmyra Panthers early in the 2000’s.  While Douglas’ arm was more than enough for the title, the bats of senior catcher Sydney Creel (first inning 3-run homer) and freshman DH Madison Preston (first inning grand slam) staked Centralia to an insurmountable lead.  DeSota, losers to Blair Oaks in the semis, handled Harrisonville, 5-1.
The class 2 Final Four featured a title match between Bishop LeBlond and South Callaway.  After cruising out to an 8-0 lead, LeBlond held on to win 8-6 over the Bulldogs.  It was the first title for the Eagles after a 2nd place finish their only other trip to the Final Four.  The Marionville Comets spoiled Kelly’s second consecutive trip to Springfield, knocking off the Lady Hawks 4-3.
Class 1 saw the Wolverines of Maysville, in their first ever softball playoff appearance, rolled all the way to a title with wins over New Franklin and Westran.  In what was the lowest scoring title game, the Hornets fell just short 2-0 to Maysville.  The third place match on Friday saw Walnut Grove crush New Franklin 13-3.

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