Basehor-Linwood defense keys victory
A week ago, defense cost Basehor-Linwood's softball team the opening game of a double header at Lansing. This week, defense was the key in victory.
The Bobcats scored two runs in the first game against De Soto, Tuesday, May 6, while senior pitcher Abby Ross and the defense shut De Soto out.
De Soto had chances to score, but Bobcat head coach Susan Mayberry said her team's defense stepped it up a notch. Basehor-Linwood did not have an error in the game.
"We were making the plays defensively," Mayberry said. "Defensively we played really well. Our infield was really solid."
Twice, in the second and sixth innings, De Soto had runners on second and third base, but the Bobcats closed the door. Both times, the infield made the plays to end the inning.
Ross earned the win on the mound giving up four hits and two walks in seven innings. She also struck out three De Soto batters.
The Bobcats' performance was one Mayberry expects. She said her team has the ability to win any game.
"Our biggest problem is the mental side of the game," Mayberry said. "We have the physical ability to perform, but we have to mentally get into the game. We can compete with anybody, we just need to decide we're going to."
Offensively, junior Terra Nichols scored both runs for the Bobcats, in the first and fifth innings.
To lead off the game, Nichols hit a single to reach base. After De Soto got two outs, and Nichols reached third base, freshman Kristal Holland bunted down the first base line. Confusion struck the De Soto defense as nobody charged the ball. Holland reached base and knocked in Nichols.
Nichols led off the fifth inning and reached on a walk. Two more walks loaded the bases, and with two outs, sophomore Brandi Sirridge hit a slow grounder to second base. An error by the second baseman allowed Sirridge to reach base and Nichols to score.
The two runs were enough, but Mayberry said the Bobcats could have had more.
"I'm really not sure how we scored, but we managed to get two runs in," Mayberry said. "It could have been worse, but we ran ourselves out of some innings. We've had runners all year, but for one reason or another we do not always get them across."
The Bobcats played two double headers late last week, winning two games against Immaculata and dropping two to Mill Valley.
Thursday, May 1, Basehor-Linwood dominated Immaculata, run-ruling them twice. Everything seemed to go right for the Bobcats as they ended both games in five innings.
They won the first game, 11-1, and won the second, 14-4.
The Bobcats made up a rained out game with Mill Valley Friday, May 2.
In the first game, Mill Valley used a strong fourth inning to pull away from the Bobcats. Mill Valley scored five runs in the fourth and eventually won the game, 7-1.
In game two, Mill Valley snuck two runs across and shutout the Bobcats for a 2-0 victory.