Lady ‘Cats rally for sweep
In the third inning of the first game of Basehor-Linwood's softball doubleheader against Mill Valley Thursday, April 25, the Lady 'Cats loaded the bases but failed to score.
The first thing most of the players thought after failing to capitalize was, 'Here we go again.'
But three innings later the Bobcats redeemed themselves by putting up a five-run sixth inning to defeat MVHS, 6-3.
"I thought the same thing was going to happen again," shortstop Emily Hoffman said of the third-inning struggle. "I just thought, 'We need to learn how to hit.' We've been getting better and we've done well in practice, but we just need to do it on the field."
Three innings later the Bobcats did just that.
In the fourth inning, BLHS cut the Mill Valley lead to 3-1 when senior Kelleigh Gorup tripled down the line in left field and came in to score two batters later. Laura Anderson recorded the RBI with a single up the middle.
Gorup's hit produced just one run, but she said she thought it might have sparked her teammates to rally in the sixth.
"I really wanted to show I could do it," Gorup said. "I had been doing fine at practice but striking out in the games and so it was personal I wanted to prove I could get it done in the games. It was a perfect night to do it and I was hoping it would ignite the team. I think it did."
Hoffman led off the sixth inning with a seeing-eye single up the middle and Gorup followed with a single of her own. Sophomore Sara Wohletz then reached on a fielder's choice and the next two batters reached on errors when Mill Valley pitcher Erin Thomas bobbled two shots back to the mound.
All five Bobcats who started the rally came around to score and BLHS coach Susan Mayberry said the explosion was exactly what the team was waiting on.
In the second game of the night, the Bobcats repeated their game one performance.
Down 5-2 heading into the fifth inning, BLHS scored seven runs in the inning to take a commanding 9-5 lead.
From there, the Bobcats shut down the Jaguars in the last two innings and Abby Ross picked up her second win of the night.
"Something got into us I'm not sure what it was," second baseman Kara Lackner said. "We were all playing together for the first time this season. It's better to do this at the end of the season than never."
BLHS will close out the regular season with a doubleheader at Blue Valley Northwest Monday, May 6. The following week, the Bobcats will compete at the regional tournament where the winner advances to state.