Blue Jays, Eagles go 2-1 in September Slam

Liberty North's Katie Chester puts a swing on a ball during the Eagles' 10-9 September Slam victory over Pleasant Hill on Friday, Sept. 27, at Liberty North High School.

LIBERTY — The Liberty Blue Jays and Liberty North Eagles both went 2-1 in the annual September Slam that was shortened due to wet fields.

The 12-team Slam was shortened from two days to one Saturday, Sept. 28, after heavy rainfall left the softball fields at Liberty and Liberty North high schools too wet to play on.

Webster Groves sat atop the standings with a 2-0 record and only three runs allowed. Troy and Ozark followed with the same mark and four and eight runs allowed, respectively.

The Blue Jays and Eagles each allowed 16 runs in the three games, but Liberty North scored 25 runs, two more than Liberty.

Liberty opened the tournament with a win, a 14-3 victory over Fort Osage, while Liberty North fell short in a 4-3 loss to Grain Valley.

The Blue Jays won an extra-inning thriller against Columbia Hickman, winning 6-4 after adopting the international tiebreaker rule before suffering its lone loss to Webster Groves 9-3.

Liberty North got even on the tournament with a 10-9 win in eight innings against Pleasant Hill. The Eagles then drilled Timberland 12-3 before the weather set in.

On Monday, Sept. 30, Liberty defeated Lee’s Summit 7-3 to improve to 14-3 on the season and Liberty North bested Staley 15-4 to move its record to 12-3.

After loads of games packed into last week, Liberty is scheduled to play in the Springfield Invitational and Liberty North will play in a Columbia Hickman tournament before renewing the two sides' crosstown rivalry at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.​

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