One good hit

syeagle@demo-mo.comOctober 4, 2013 

Sometimes, one good hit is all it takes to break a game wide open for a victory.

And for Harrisonville, that one hit helped the Wildcats earn enough runs to hang on for a victory over Missouri River Valley West conference rivals Pleasant Hill Sept. 26 at Harrisonville.

“I think we played well,” Harrisonville’s Madi Kittilstad said. “We are really coming together as a team.”

The Chicks started things off with a run in the top of the first inning. Harrisonville tied things up in the bottom of the second inning, starting with a single from Hannah Bennett. After two outs, Jocelyn Winter hit a single to send Bennett home.

Pleasant Hill took over a lead in the top of the third inning as Mackenzie Snyder singled on an error and Paige Shifflett hit a double to send Snyder home.

But once again, the Wildcats tied things up, starting with a walk by Baylee Goss. Abby Huston hit a sacrifice bunt and Reagan Osborn singled to center field to send Goss home.

“I just thought that we could string more together,” Osborn said. “It was good to get us started so we could keep going.”

Then in the bottom of the fourth inning, Harrisonville heated things up. With two outs and Pleasant Hill’s Courtney Fountain on the mound, Kittilstad hit a single, followed by a walk from Goss. Huston singled to load the bases and Osborn hit a double to send all three of her teammates home, giving the Wildcats a 5-2 lead.

“(Coach Dave Hix) has talked about it many times,” Osborn said. “About seeing your pitch. I had that pressure, but I have seen her (Fountain) before, so I was more than prepared to hit off her.”

The Chicks tried to catch up in the top of the fifth inning with two outs. Allie Zahn singled, followed by a double from Shifflett to send Zahn home. Then Emily McKee doubled to send Shifflett home and tightening the gap to 5-4.

The Wildcats got three quick outs in the top of the sixth inning, and allowed only one hit in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

With the win, Harrisonville moves to 12-6, while the Chicks fall to 16-6.

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