As the Lee’s Summit High School softball team began its 2014 postseason journey — embarking on its defense of the Missouri Class 4 state championship — senior pitcher Emily Robinson requested a conversation with her coach. She wanted to discuss the final month of her high school career.
And she did nearly all of the talking, as her coach recalled.
“Emily simply told me that she wanted to do more for the team this year,” Tigers coach Tracy Bertoncin said. “She felt like she had more to give.”
She backed up her words.
Robinson recorded six straight playoff victories on the mound, culminating in a 5-0 win against Holt in the Missouri Class 4 state championship that gave the Tigers their second straight title. She finished the season with 18 straight scoreless innings and was the first pitcher all season to shut out the Holt lineup.
That was only half the story.
At the plate, Robinson hit four home runs over the final three games, including a two-run bomb in the state-championship victory.
Robinson is The Star’s All-Metro Missouri softball player of the year.
“Emily is the heart and soul of Tiger softball,” Bertoncin said. “During a game, she studies her opponents and works to figure out how to beat hitters.”
Robinson has signed with Central Missouri to continue her softball career.
Her final season of high school ended with impressive numbers. She had nine home runs, nine doubles and 34 RBIs and batted .408. Perhaps her most impressive statistic, however, is that she struck out only once in 98 at-bats.
On the mound, Robinson was 17-5 with a 0.77 earned-run average. She allowed just 85 hits in 145 innings.
The Star’s All-Metro Missouri softball team
Alexis Reid, Blue Springs, senior. The Kansas signee was 26-2 with a 0.39 ERA and 223 strikeouts. She also batted .440 and slugged 11 home runs, with 42 RBIs.
Emily Robinson, Lee’s Summit, senior. The two-time state champion was 17-4 with an 0.77 ERA. She fired a one-hit shutout in the Missouri Class 4 state championship game. She also hit nine homers.
Darian Frost, Blue Springs, senior. The Missouri State signee batted .442, and she silenced opposing teams’ running games, allowing only two stolen bases all season.
Kayla Maust, Liberty North, junior. She hit .562, including .658 with runners in scoring position. Maust had 19 extra-base hits and 39 RBIs.
Abby Klein, Staley, junior. The Falcons’ No. 2 hitter batted .463 with a .506 on-base percentage. She also stole 13 bases and drove in 22 runs.
Bailey Baird, Lee’s Summit, senior. The Central Missouri signee had a .447 average and hit eight home runs, including three in the final four games of the Tigers’ state-championship run.
Kelsey Runge, Liberty North, junior. She also saw time in the outfield, but her production at the plate stood out most. She hit .440 with four home runs, 27 RBIs and scored 35 runs.
Bobbi Bodenhamer, Lee’s Summit West, junior. The leadoff batter hit for a .474 average, reached base at a 50-percent clip and managed 12 extra-base hits. She also scored 28 runs.
Kylie DeClue, Park Hill South, junior. The school’s career home run leader blasted seven long balls this season. She added 10 doubles and two triples while hitting .456.
Alexis Parker, Lee’s Summit, senior. The center fielder had 14 extra-base hits, including three home runs. She contributed defensively, as well, with five outfield assists.
Madison Hunsaker, Belton, sophomore. At the plate, Hunsaker batted .589 with 19 doubles, two home runs and 42 RBIs. She also saw time on the mound, compiling a 6-1 record.