Softball scorecard: Bulldogs win rematch with Smithville

Liberty third baseman Raeli Howerton tags out a Smithville runner during a contest on Friday, Aug. 30, at Adair Park in Independence.

The Kearney softball team defeated Smithville for the second time in the matter of a week on Oct. 4.

The Bulldogs earned the 4-0 victory behind a complete-game shutout from Katie Blodgett at the Urban Youth Academy Tournament.

Blodgett struck out four batters and fired 13 first-pitch strikes. Kailey Rose registered two hits and an RBI while Kylauna Smith had a pair of RBIs.

After dropping the first meeting, Kearney is now 2-1 against Smithville this season.

The Bulldogs went 1-3 in the Urban Youth Academy tourney, but improved to 9-11 on the season with a 7-0 victory over Platte County on Monday, Oct. 7.

Smithville

The Warriors also went 1-3 in the tourney, falling to the Bulldogs, Blue Springs and Park Hill South.

Smithville’s lone win came against Webb City, a 7-2 result.

The Warriors then dipped back into conference with a 17-0 home victory over Grandview on Monday, Oct. 7, improving to 14-9 on the season.

Kearney & Smithville

In volleyball action, Kearney beat Smithville for the second time this season on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Kearney High School.

The Bulldogs (12-7-2, 5-1) registered wins of 25-12, 25-10 after the Warriors took the first set 25-22.

Smithville dropped to 5-12-2 overall and 3-4 on the season.

The Warriors had previously won consecutive games ahead of the Kearney matchup, beating Fort Osage on Oct. 1 and Grandview Oct. 3.

Over the weekend of Oct. 5, Kearney sophomore setter Addison Beagle surpassed the 1,000-assist mark in her career.

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Liberty North

The Eagles’ most successful season in program history moved along this past week, but it did come with a few bumps.

Liberty North played in the competitive Blue Springs South Invitational, going 1-3 in the event played Saturday, Oct. 5. The Eagles had only two losses headed into the tourney.

Liberty North bounced back with a straight-set victory (25-9, 25-13) against William Chrisman in a nonconference match Monday, Oct. 7, moving to 16-5 on the year.

In the Blue Springs South tournament, Liberty North suffered losses to Kansas power St. Thomas Aquinas and Missouri squads from Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit. They picked up a straight-set victory over Francis Howell from St. Charles.

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