All it takes is one good hit.
And for Harrisonville, that’s all the Wildcats needed in a 4-3 victory over Cameron in the Class 3 quarterfinals Oct. 19 at Harrisonville.
“These girls have so much confidence in themselves and each other, they were not going to lose that game,” Harrisonville head coach Dave Hix said. “They acted as if they were up 13-3 instead of down 3-1 in the seventh. I know that if I were coaching another team right now I would not want to play us. Fortunately I am coaching one of the best four teams in the state right now and we aren't finished yet.”
The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Cameron scored on a single to right field with runners on second and third.
But, the Wildcats quickly responded in the bottom of the sixth inning as Reagan Osborn singled, followed by a double from Leeann Farren, allowing Osborn to score.
Then in the top of the seventh, Cameron struck again. With a runner on first and two outs, a double to center field gave a runner a chance to score and a single from the next batter allowed another run, putting Cameron ahead 3-1.
Not to be outdone, Harrisonville retaliated in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Jocelyn Winter was hit by a pitch to get on base. Madi Kittilstad reached first on an error and Abby Huston walked to load the bases.
Osborn singled to left field, allowing Miranda Ferguson to score as a courtesy runner for Winter, and Kittilstad to score. The game was tied and Farren singled to center field, letting Huston reach home plate to win it for the Wildcats.
“Cameron is a very good team,” Hix said. “They hit the ball extremely hard and well. Their pitcher is probably one of the fastest we have seen all year. They have power up and down their lineup and some speed mixed in.”
Osborn had one run, two hits and two RBIs and Farren had three hits, a double and two RBIs. Huston, Ferguson and Kittilstad all had one run and Winter had one hit.
Taylor Jones pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, one earned, and struck out three batters.
Harrisonville triumphed over Odessa 11-0 in five innings in the sectional game Oct. 16 at Harrisonville.
The Wildcats started the scoring frenzy in the bottom of the second inning as Jones hit a single, with Ferguson put in as a courtesy runner. Hailey Wilson was hit by a pitch and Winter hit a single to load the bases. Kittilstad was walked to allow Ferguson to score.
Then Baylee Goss singled, sending Wilson home and Huston was hit by a pitch to send Winter home. Odessa switched out pitchers, but Osborn hit a sacrifice fly to score Kittilstad and make the score 4-0.
After Farren hit a fly ball that was caught, Hannah Bennett singled to score Goss and Jones singled to score Huston, putting the Wildcats ahead 6-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Harrisonville started things off with a single from Huston, Osborn and Farren to load the bases. Bennett hit a fly ball that was caught, but Jones singled to send Huston and Osborn home.
Wilson was forced out at first, but Winter singled to send Farren home. Then Kittilstad hit a triple to score Jones and Winter, giving Harrisonville an 11-0 lead.
The last time Harrisonville went to state in 2006, they brought home a state title.
The Wildcats, 19-6, face Centralia in the semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday at Killian Sports Complex, Springfield. A win will put Harrisonville in the championship game against DeSoto or Blair Oaks at noon Saturday.