Bobcats’ Reed fires no-hitter
On a stat sheet, five runs in four games may earn you one win if your lucky.
With Basehor-Linwood junior pitcher Courtney Reed on the mound, the same output equals four victories.
The offensive struggles have been overlooked, but Basehor-Linwood head coach Susan Mayberry said that the bats need to get productive.
"It's time to make a run and it's time to get our bats going," Mayberry said. "We're starting to gel as a team. Postseason is coming up and it's going to take everyone of us to be successful."
Reed hurled 37 consecutive scoreless innings this past week, including a pair of gems last Thursday at Lansing.
The junior hurled a no-hitter to help Basehor-Linwood win a 2-0 decision, then tossed a 16-inning, six-hit shutout in the nightcap.
On Tuesday, the performance continued as Reed threw a pair of 1-0 shutouts against visiting Pleasant Ridge.
"We like to play seven," Mayberry jokingly said Tuesday. "Courtney really bared down in both games and has shown a lot of leadership in the past couple doubleheaders."
Game 1 - Basehor-Linwood 1, Pleasant Ridge 0
Cristin Burnett scored the lone run in the third inning off a passed ball as junior Courtney Reed tossed a two-hit shutout.
Burnett lead off the third by getting hit at the plate. After a pair of sacrifice bunts moving Burnett over to third, she then scored on a passed ball.
Reed faced 23 batters, fanning 15 of them and walking only two.
Game 2 - Basehor-Linwood 1, Pleasant Ridge 0
In what seemed to be a mirror image of the first game, Burnett tallied for the lone run again in the third.
This time senior Kelly Laffere had an RBI single to drive in Burnett. Laffere was the leading hitter of the game, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Courtney Reed tossed another two-hitter, striking out nine and walking two. The junior is now 12-2 on the season.
Game 1 - Basehor-Linwood 2, Lansing 0
Bobcat junior Courtney Reed tossed her first no-hitter of the season in wa 2-0 win at Lansing. Reed, who tossed four no-hit gems last year, struck out 11 batters and walked only two.
The Lady Bobcats scored the only run they would need in the third when Cristin Burnett's single to right scored Christina McCarty. McCarty opened the inning with a single, then advanced to second on an error.
In the seventh, BLHS added an insurance run thanks to junior Lesley Hancock.
Kelly Laffere led off the inning with a walk, then Hancock reached first on an error and stole second.
Two batters later, Burnett grounded out into a fielder's choice, forcing Laffere out at home. A pair of wild pitches then scored Hancock.
Reed recorded six straight strikeouts before allowing a walk in the fourth inning to break up the perfect game bid.
Along with 11 strikeouts, Reed got seven outs by groundouts and three by fly balls.
Game 2 - Basehor-Linwood 1, Lansing 0 (16 innings)
In 16 innings, the Lady Bobcats managed only seven hits.
"We've struggled to get runs across," Mayberry said. "We have a tendency to tighten up and we just need to relax at the plate."
Lansing mustered only six hits off junior Courtney Reed, who fanned 12 batters and walked none for a complete game victory.
Not only was Reed dominating on the mound, the junior also took matters into her own hands at the plate, driving in Jackie Horn with a double to left field.
Sparking a two-run rally, Horn reached first on four straight balls, then Reed drove home her battery mate with a two-bagger.
Reed then proceeded to work a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.
"That's the longest game I've ever been in," Horn said. "That is how you play softball."
The offense might have struggled, but staying focused came easy to the Lady Bobcats throughout the entire game.
"That was just a team effort to stay positive the whole time," Horn said.
"We were in it for the long haul and you could tell that the kids were not going to be denied," Mayberry said. "They were ready for as long as it took to get a run across."
There were a few lineup changes for the Lady Bobcats this past week.
Junior first baseman Christina McCarty missed Tuesday's doubleheader due to illness, allowing sophomore Aubrey Bittel to log in some varsity time.
The two spot in the lineup has been occupied by two different individuals this past week.
Kelly Laffere was shifted to the two spot in the lineup Tuesday, while Lesley Hancock got the nod at Lansing on Thursday.