Topeka Washburn Rural left-handed pitcher Madison Roth came into the 6A state title game Saturday against Olathe South with 12 consecutive scoreless innings.
But the defending state champion Falcons had a strategy.
“We wanted to attack early in the count, and she lives on the right hand corner,” Olathe South coach Michael Allen said. “We wanted to hit everything to right.”
The strategy worked to perfection.
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In the 5 1/3 innings that Roth worked, the Falcons scored 10 runs and hit 15 balls to the right side of the diamond.
The result was a 10-3 victory at Blue Valley West and back-to-back state titles for the Falcons. They finished the season 23-2.
Olathe South took control of the game with four runs in the first inning.
Senior shortstop Abigail Weber opened the game with a double down the right-field line. She scored two runs, drove in two and hit the ball to the right side all four times at the plate.
“I knew she likes to pitch outside, so I wanted to drive it to right,” Weber said.
Senior Catcher Kala Holder had two hits and two RBIs.
“Our key was team work,” she said. “Everyone did their job. I’m proud of everyone.”
Senior pitcher Lexi Storrer pitched a strong game. She allowed eight hits, walking just three and striking out eight.
Storrer beat Garden City 3-1 in the quarterfinals Thursday and got the save in the 9-7 win over Olathe Northwest in Friday’s semifinals. She fanned all three batters she faced in the Olathe Northwest game.
Storrer was the winning pitcher in the 7-3 victory over Olathe Northwest in the 2015 state title game.
“This means a lot and I will never forget it,” she said. “Getting the early lead sure helped.”
She said her best pitches are her curve and changeup.
Sophomore outfielder Casey Shell had a two-run double to right in the first inning and senior outfielder Kacey Kenneth had two hits and an RBI.
Washburn Rural beat Olathe East 2-0 in Saturday morning’s semifinal game.
Olathe East junior pitcher Hayley McGhee only allowed two hits, but errors helped the Junior Blues to their two runs in the fifth inning.