KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Liberty North pulled away from Webb City for a 7-3 win after out-scoring the Cardinals 5-1 over the final three innings of play in the Park Hill softball tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinals (8-5) scored seven runs in the first inning and held off Warrensburg 9-8 in four innings in the second game.
LIBERTY NORTH 7, WEBB CITY 3
Liberty North pushed across two runs in the top of the first before Webb City matched with a two-run bottom of the second. The Eagles broke the tie in the fifth inning after touching home twice. Liberty North added another two spot in the sixth, with Webb City rallying for a single tally in the bottom half, before each team traded a run in the seventh inning.
Sabrina Rogers earned the win for the Eagles after allowing four runs on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts in seven complete innings.
Laney Taylor took the loss for the Cardinals after allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and a strikeout in five innings. Peyton Hawkins allowed three unearned runs on four hits in two innings of work.
Kiana McDowell led Liberty North with two hits and three RBI, while Kayley Lenger added a hit, two RBI and scored a run.
Lauren Hicks led Webb City with a pair of home runs, a team-high three RBI and two runs scored. Kaylyn Gilbert doubled and had two hits while scoring a run.
CARDINALS 9, TIGERS 8
Webb City scored seven runs in the first inning and two more in the second to build an early 9-3 lead before Warrensburg rallied with two runs in the third and three more in the fourth before the final out was made.
Trailing 1-0, Hawkins got the scoring started in the last of the first with a two-run home run to center to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Ripley Shanks added a two-run single and Morgan Brannon also picked up an RBI base hit. Hawkins reached on an error in her second at-bat of the inning to allow the seven run to score.
Emalee Lamar doubled home Gilbert and Shanks singled up the middle to score Lamar in the second inning.
Warrensburg’s Molly Nicas hit a two-run home run in the third, while Kayla Bloom had a two-run double and Emma Kreisel had an RBI single in the fourth. The Tigers had the tying run on second in the fourth before Nicas lined out to end the threat.
Hawkins started and earned the win after allowing three unearned runs on two hits, a walk and a strikeout in two innings. Taylor allowed five runs on six hits, a walk and a strikeout in two relief innings.
Kreisel started and took the loss after allowing nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits and two strikeouts in one inning. Brookelynn Becker allowed six hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings.
Webb City is at Carl Junction on Tuesday.