Blue Springs South pitcher Matt Morgan made it tough on Rock Bridge.
He pitched a two-hitter through six innings on Saturday afternoon at Rock Bridge. The Bruins couldn’t score until the seventh when they scored two runs, which was not enough in an 8-2 loss.
“He was a good pitcher and deserves respect,” Bruins senior Keith Briedwell said. “But we just weren’t prepared mentally. We may have come out a little flat because we just played yesterday, but we can’t do that against good teams.”
Rock Bridge (1-1) was missing five players because of spring break, but coach Terry Whitney said that was not an excuse.
“We were missing a few guys,” Whitney said. “That shouldn’t be important though. We’ve had a lot of younger guys step up when they got the opportunity. Our main problem was just being able to put the ball in play. We had way too many strikeouts. But it’s a long season, so we have plenty of time to get better.”
The Bruins were also missing junior Scott Thompson, who has a broken foot. He was playing basketball with his brother and landed wrong on his brother’s foot after taking a jump shot.
“At first I thought it was just sprained,” Thompson said. “But then it swelled up and filled my whole shoe. So I went and got it checked out. I had pulled the ligament bad enough to where it separated the bone in the back of my foot and fractured it all the way around. The earliest I could be back is a week from Monday for the Kirksville game.”
Thompson, who wore a walking cast, stayed in the dugout cheering on his teammates and collecting bats.
Though Rock Bridge didn’t hit well against Blue Springs South (2-1), it did make some noise on Friday evening in its season opener against Harrisburg. Rock Bridge won 8-4.
Kyle Lasley anchored the Bruins Friday going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and four RBIs.
— Chris Riggs
MU WOMEN’S GOLF: After shooting 26-over-par on Friday in the first round of the Ping/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., the Tigers recovered on Saturday, shooting 5-over-par. Missouri’s 294 was the third-lowest score of the day, behind only UCLA’s 289 and Texas A&M’s 293. Missouri enters today’s final round in ninth, 31 shots behind tournament leader UCLA.
Missouri junior Stephanie Wavro shot a 3-under 69, the best round of the day by any player. She enters the final round at 1-over for the tournament, five shots behind Texas A&M’s Ashley Knoll.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: With their two wins on Friday, the Cougars ended their six-game road trip to Arizona undefeated.
Columbia College defeated Patten (Calif.) University 1-0 in its first game Friday.
The Cougars (17-10) got a complete game from pitcher Heather Robey. In her seven innings of work, Robey (8-4) gave up four hits and had seven strikeouts. The Cougars got the game’s only run in the fifth when third baseman Miriam Wegmann scored an unearned run.
In the second game, the Cougars defeated St. Olaf (Minn.) College 8-0 in five innings.
The Cougars got all eight of their runs in the first two innings. Cougars center fielder Lindsey Williams went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Robey (3-1) pitched all five innings and gave up only one walk and two hits. She also struck out a career-high 10 batters.
HICKMAN GIRLS’ SOCCER: For the fifth time this season, the Kewpies’ defense didn’t allow their opponent to score, shutting out Moberly 3-0 on Friday. Beth Frissell-Durley posted her fifth shutout of the season.
Caitlin Keith and Kelsey McClure scored goals in the first half for Hickman (5-0-1). Kim Foster’s second half goal ended the scoring