Lady ‘Cats bounce back to earn split
Basehor-Linwood softball coach Susan Mayberry is not pleased with her team's defense.
The Bobcat defense cost the team the first game of a double header in Lansing, Monday, April 29. Basehor-Linwood gave up six unearned runs in a 6-1 loss.
Mayberry was so irate with her team that in the third inning she called a timeout to talk to her infield while the pitcher, senior Abby Ross, went to the outfield to play catch.
Lansing pulled ahead in the second inning when an error with the bases loaded allowed a run to score. A groundout to the pitcher stopped a big inning, but Lansing had a 1-0 lead.
The wheels began to fall off in the third inning. Two errors allowed runners to reach base to start the inning leaving runners on first and third base.
With the next batter at the plate, Lansing stole second base. As the ball went to second, the runner on third base stole home. An error on the throw home allowed the other runner to reach third base.
A groundout to the shortstop allowed another run to score.
With two outs and a runner on second base, a Lansing batter struck out but the pitch got away from junior catcher Nicole Kirk.
The runner on second base came all the way home after Kirk threw the ball to first base.
The inning ended with a groundout to second base, but Lansing had captured a 4-0 lead.
Lansing scored two more unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Bobcats had trouble with Lansing's pitcher for most of the night, but was able to get a run across in the top of the fifth.
Junior Chelsea Flowers led the inning off with a single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kirk.
A wild pitch moved Flowers to third, and a passed ball allowed her to score.
Offensively, sophomore Brandi Sirridge had the most success. She was 1-2 with a single and a walk.
Ross gave up seven hits and struck out three.
In the nightcap, the Bobcats pulled out a dramatic seventh-inning victory.
The score was tied at 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Amanda Hughes got the game-winning rally started with a 1-out double. Hughes later scored on an error by the Lansing shortstop.
That error put Chelsea Flowers on first base and she later came around to score when Nicole Kirk hit a shot for a single up the middle.
The 1-out rally gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead and the way Kristal Holland was throwing that proved to be enough.
Holland slammed the door in the bottom of the seventh and salvaged the split for the Bobcats.
In the game, Holland struck out nine batters and walked just one, as she threw a 2-hitter and picked up the win.
At the plate, Hughes turned in a 2-for-3 performance and Brandi Sirridge was 2-for-3, as well.
Next up for the Lady 'Cats is a Thursday, May 1, home doubleheader against Immaculata.
Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.