With bragging rights for the Show-Me State on the line, Torri Farr of Platte County came through.
Farr came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game of the MO-KAN Softball Series with the game tied and a runner on base. She delivered a single that brought home the game-winning run in a 4-3 victory and the Missouri stars’ second win over Kansas on Monday night at the Shawnee Mission School District Softball Complex.
Missouri won the opener 4-1, and now holds a 9-8 all-time lead in the series.
Farr’s seeing-eye single rolled out just far enough to bring home Daphne Plummer of Lee’s Summit West from second base and allowed Missouri to avoid a third game.
“It was do or die,” said Farr, who drove in Missouri’s final two runs. “There were two outs, so it was up to me to do something.”
Kansas struck first in the second game with three runs in the top of the first inning, two on a double by Gardner Edgerton’s Cassidy Greer. Missouri closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Liberty North’s Destiny Ojigoh.
After that Missouri couldn’t generate any offense against Kansas pitcher Aubree Herrin of Olathe Northwest until the fifth inning, when Farr singled home Ojigoh — who was hit by a pitch to start the inning — for the tying run.
Belton pitcher Madison Hunsaker was the star of the first game. Hunsaker, who signed with Missouri State, didn’t overpower the Kansas lineup, but she did hold it to six hits with four strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. That got her selected the Missouri team’s most valuable player.
“That’s how I like to pitch,” Hunsaker said. “I like to use my defense more than striking girls out. I figured I had some of the best girls in the city behind me so I might as well use them.”
Raymore-Peculiar’s Callie Martin put Missouri up 1-0 with a hit that got past Kansas’ right fielder. Martin, who is headed to Missouri, scored the second run after reaching on one of Kansas’ three errors in the fourth inning. Kansas was charged with seven errors in the game.
Kansas got on the board when Cat Lane of St. Thomas Aquinas led off the sixth with an infield single and Olathe Northwest’s Halle England singled her home.
But Missouri came up with two more runs in the seventh on a leadoff double by Plummer, who scored when Kearney’s Kelsie Warren drew a bases-loaded walk, and another Kansas error.
Paola’s Allison Daggett was selected the Kansas team’s most valuable player.