Behind Allison Stewart, Olathe East punches ticket for Kansas state tourney

05/21/2014 10:42 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

With her future Arkansas Razorbacks coaches watching, Olathe East’s Allison Stewart turned in the latest dominant performance of her storied high school career.

Stewart, who has been selected twice as the Gatorade Kansas softball player of the year, pitched six scoreless, one-hit innings and added a pair of RBIs while leading Olathe East to a 10-0 regional championship victory against Shawnee Mission South on Wednesday night at the College Boulevard Activity Center.

The Hawks, who are two-time defending Class 6A state champions, improved to 22-0 and will play next on May 29 at the state tournament, which will be hosted by Blue Valley West.

“She is the difference-maker for us,” Hawks coach Jeff Hulse said. “She does it in the circle and has great presence out there and is so mental, not only in her abilities physically, but she is such a mentally strong person that she brings confidence to the team out there. Then at the plate she just gets things done.”

McKenna Davis started the offensive attack with a double in the bottom of the first and was batted in by Stewart. Taylor Officer added another run with her second-inning double. The Hawks then scored two more in the third inning before Stewart allowed her only hit of the night.

Stewart, who entered the game averaging 10 strikeouts per contest, struck out eight of the next 10 batters after the fourth-inning double. She finished with 13 strikeouts and one walk.

“I was throwing all my pitches and they were all helping me out,” Stewart said. “I just had everything going.”

The Hawks tacked on seven more runs in the final two innings but only needed six of them before the game was called in the sixth.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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