Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2003

Opinion: Senior Night a special time

May 15, 2003

Well, the softball girls certainly know how to throw a party.

The Basehor-Linwood softball team had its annual senior send off, and they did it right.

You take some balloons, music, cake and some in-game excitement, put them all together, and you have the ingredients for one awe-inspiring shindig.

Sprinkle in a few alumni, and you have a recipe for success.

The Bobcats played their final games of the regular season against Bonner Springs Monday, and the team did it in style.

At the same time, the baseball team was playing in the next field with very little hoopla. I was standing between the two diamonds so I could watch both games, and I heard the Fort Scott baseball coaches trying to figure out why the softball team was so special. They even commented on how the softball scoreboard actually worked.

The ladies certainly outdid the guys in final game festivities.

They hired a DJ to play music between games. He played a wide variety of music to quench everybody's musical thirsts, though I personally could have done without songs about women who think tractors are sexy.

The ceremony between the softball games was nice. I think it was obvious coaches and former players enjoyed the reunion, and if they are happy, I am happy. After all, happier people are easier to talk to.

Here is my one political statement. A Basehor-Linwood high school student sang the national anthem during the ceremony. She did a great job, but I was surprised at how many people did not take their hats off. I was a little disappointed with that.

Alas, that is off topic, and there are plenty of good things to talk about during the night. One of which is game two.

The Bobcats lost the first game, and they appeared headed for another loss. Then they put on one of the most impressive comebacks I have seen in some time.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Bonner Springs led 6-1, but that was about the time things clicked. Now, I do not know what the difference was, will try to explain even if they can't. People will try to say they could not lose to their rivals, or it was the last home game, or they just had a renewed energy.

I think things just started to fall for them. And if that is the case, they started to fall in a big way. Basehor-Linwood scored six runs in the inning to take a 7-6 lead.

Whatever the difference was, it was a perfect ending to a special night for the Basehor-Linwood softball team.

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