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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: PHS softball wins Fort Scott Invitational

  • The Pittsburg High School softball team began its season Tuesday by claiming the Fort Scott Invitational title at Don Hewett Field, defeating Blue Valley Northwest 10-8 in the semifinals and beating host Fort Scott 12-11 in eight innings for the championship.

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  • The Pittsburg High School softball team began its season Tuesday by claiming the Fort Scott Invitational title at Don Hewett Field, defeating Blue Valley Northwest 10-8 in the semifinals and beating host Fort Scott 12-11 in eight innings for the championship.
    Pittsburg stormed out to a 9-2 title game lead after 2 1/2 innings but Fort Scott knotted it up at 10-all in the bottom of the seventh after tying it up at 9s in the sixth.
    However, Pittsburg went ahead in the opening frame of extra innings and Fort Scott could not tie it up in the bottom half of the eighth — sophomore Bethanne Elliott started the eighth with a triple to left and beat the throw home on a fielder's choice by Brie Moore. Andie Casper then bunted Moore over to second and Megan Burdick drove in Moore with a single to center. Fort Scott pushed across one run but could not score that game-tying run.
    Sophomore pitcher Mercedes Vogel earned the win after she relieved Melia Cook with two outs in the fourth. She allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three in her 4.1 innings. Cook walked three, struck out two and gave up six hits against Fort Scott.
    Offensively, Burdick went 3-for-5 with two doubles and 3 RBI, Alaura Short 3-5, Vogel 3-6, Casper 2-3, Chelsea Williams 2-4 and Lizzy Willis 2-5. Short doubled home two runs in the second, part of the early offensive production in the championship game.
    Against Blue Valley Northwest, Short culminated a six-run third inning with a three-run home run. Casper bunted for a single and scored on a Burdick double, Burdick advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a fielder’s choice by Vogel, Vogel scored on a hit by Williams and Short plated Williams and Willis on her round-tripper.
    Both teams scored all their runs after four innings and Pittsburg held on for a semifinal win as Cook relieved Vogel in the bottom of the fifth. Short and Williams each drove in three runs and Willis added two RBI.
    Head coach Mary Packard said this was the first time Pittsburg had won the Fort Scott tournament in several years.
    Pittsburg softball and baseball play a doubleheader in Chanute today.
    Southeast softball
    The Lancers opened their season at home with a 9-7 loss Tuesday to Columbus, as three Southeast errors in the first inning led to six Columbus runs, five unearned in the high school debut of freshman pitcher Olivia Powell.
    Southeast trailed Columbus 9-0 after 2 1/2 innings, as the Titans pushed across one run in the second and two more in the top of the third.
    The Lancers continued reversing momentum on a sensational defensive play by center fielder Tori Colvin. With Columbus runners on first and second, Colvin extended for a catch on a fly ball that would have scored two additional Columbus runs for a 11-2 lead.
    Page 2 of 2 - Colvin and Tessa Robin had scored the first Southeast runs in the third on a single by Christine Bone and left fielder Alex Yeoman hit a solo home run in the fourth, her first career home run.
    Southeast pushed across two more in the fifth on a Yeoman single and two more in the seventh as Colvin scored on a passed ball and Bone again singled home Robin.
    Head coach Mike Bowman said that he was pleased with the effort of the girls during their comeback from an early 9-0 deficit.
    Yeoman went 3-for-4 with her first career HR, two singles and three RBI, Chloe Biancarelli 3-4 with all singles, Bone 2-4 with three RBI, Robin 2-4 and Colvin 2-5 as Southeast outhit Columbus 13-8.
    Girard split a doubleheader with Parsons on Tuesday, winning the first game 17-5 and losing the second game 5-4.
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