The Raymore-Peculiar Panthers softball team cleaned house in their own tournament last Saturday. After defeating the O’Hara Celtics and the Notre Dame de Sion Storm in pool play respectively, the host team put themselves in good position to finish off the competition.
Senior Emily Ross was the starting pitcher for both the semifinal and championship games for Ray-Pec, tossing complete games in both contests.
In the semifinal match against Liberty North, Ross struck out four while allowing only four hits. The pitcher’s success came through efficiency, as twelve of the eighteen outs she recorded came on either the first pitch of the at-bat or on two-strike pitches.
The Panthers blew the game open in the third inning with a string of great at-bats from their core players.
Erika Carvan, the designated hitter and eighth batter in the lineup, led off the inning and drew the fourth ball on a full count. Left fielder Lauryn Deer followed up by hitting a single and stealing second base. Skyler Hime hit an RBI single, Bekah Mueller earned a base hit, and Reece Brown drove in a run with a sac fly.
Emily Ross found herself in a bit of trouble in the bottom half of the third as the Eagles had runners on second and third with two outs. Liberty North’s number-three hitter was at the plate and Ross got a huge strikeout on a 1-2 pitch, beating her with a high fastball.
Ray-Pec went on to win the contest 8-2.
In the championship match against the Pleasant Hill Chicks, Emily Ross took the mound once again and was as sharp as could be. The senior gave up four hits over three strikeouts.
Out of the eight runs that the Panthers would eventually score, sophomores Reice Brown, Toni Martin, and junior Quincy Martin scored two runs apiece.
Pleasant Hill, which is definitely a smaller school than Raymore-Peculiar, was overmatched in the championship game and could not find a way to get to Ross.
The Chicks scored their only runs in the third and fourth innings.
The Panthers took an 8-2 lead into the final inning and the game was called after the first out was made on an Emily Ross fastball.