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Ray-Pec, Blue Springs South triumph in state softball semis, advance to title game

Blue Springs South will meet conference rival Ray-Pec in Saturday’s Missouri Class 4 state championship softball game in Springfield.
Blue Springs South will meet conference rival Ray-Pec in Saturday’s Missouri Class 4 state championship softball game in Springfield.

Raymore-Peculiar and Blue Springs South won their respective semifinals Friday to set up an all-Suburban Gold showdown for the Missouri Class 4 high school softball crown.

In games played at the Killian Softball Complex, Ray-Pec shut out Northwest (Cedar Hill) 10-0 while Blue Springs South edged Rock Bridge 3-2.

The championship game between the rival schools is Saturday at 10 a.m.

Defending state champion Blue Springs South improved to 20-7 beating a 27-win Rock Bridge squad (27-7), and the Jaguars did it in clutch fashion.

Pitcher Addie Lightner, who will play collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette, retired the final 15 batters she faced and BSS scored three runs in the sixth inning — with Lightner knocking in the go-ahead run — as the Jags clawed their way back to the state-title game for the fourth straight season.

Meanwhile, Ray-Pec improved to 27-5 as pretty much everyone got in on the action at the plate. Ray-Pec also got it done in the circle: Northwest had been averaging 10.5 runs per game. The game was halted after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Saturday’s championship showdown between the two Kansas City-area schools can be seen live Saturday morning at realcountry1030am.com.

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