Repeat Feat

Repeat Feat
Posted on 01/23/2020
Blue Springs South Jags Softball Team win state championship two years on a row

The Blue Springs South High School Jaguars softball team hoisted a familiar piece of hardware in front of classmates this fall. The Jags celebrated a second straight Missouri Class 4 State Championship, wrapping up a fourth straight trip to the title game. The Jaguars were recognized by their entire school, parents and members of the BSSD administration. 

The Jaguars capped a 20-6 season with a 10-0 win over Raymore-Peculiar in the championship game and return 11 players for the 2020 season. When the Jaguars’ bus returned from Springfield after their title game win, a large group of parents and students awaited them, along with Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross.

“This year – winning it two years in a row and going the past four years – is like a dream come true for me and our players,” South head coach Kristi Williams said. “These girls are battle-tested, they take it one pitch, one at-bat, one inning at a time and they are so confident. It’s been a dream season for all of us.”

The Jaguars made quick work of Raymore-Peculiar in the championship game, grabbing an early lead and putting it away when catcher Tori Bradley nailed a three-run homer in the fifth inning for the 10-0 mercy rule. Bradley finished the day with five RBIs. Senior leadoff hitter Regi Hecker had three hits, stole three bases and scored three runs. Senior pitcher Addie Lightner was the steady presence on the mound, tossing the shutout while allowing just five hits and striking out five batters.

Lightner said winning a second straight state title was an amazing experience – one shared by the entire school. “Teachers I’ve never had and classmates we don’t know all congratulated us – and that’s so cool,” she said. “All my teachers and friends have told me how proud they are of all we’ve accomplished.”

Williams echoed the amazing support of the entire school and from the team itself. “This is a great school and we’ve had so much support this season,” she said. “Our girls are just amazing. I love every one of them. They bought into everything we were doing. No one cared about their stats or who got credit for a win, they just wanted to go out and win – and they did.”