The Missouri All-Stars had won three of the last four series in the MO-KAN All-Star softball series, but it was not to be this time.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
The Kansas All-Stars dominated, winning the first game 8-3 and blanking the Missouri all-stars 4-0 in the second game on Monday at the Shawnee Mission District Softball Complex.
Missouri had only three hits in the first game and five in the second game shutout of the best-of-three series.
The lone bright spot for Missouri was Kearney pitcher Kailey Green.
She lofted the only home run in the two games, a long shot in the top of the fourth inning of the first game. The blast came with two runners on base and Missouri down 5-0. The ball sailed over the left field fence with plenty to spare 210 feet from home plate.
Green, who set a school record for home runs last fall, was selected the most valuable player for the Missouri All-Stars.
Outfielder Morgan Greenwood of Blue Springs South made two outstanding plays in the second inning. She made a nice catch on a line drive and also caught a ball in deep left field and then threw to second base for a double play.
The Missouri All-Stars struck out 15 times in the two games and managed only two bases on balls.
Missouri might have been at a disadvantage. The Kansas All-Stars were coming off the end of their season; the Missouri season is in the fall.